2017 Nobel Prize WInners


Each year many people are nominated for the Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry, economics, literature, and peace. Very few people are lucky enough to win these awards; only 12 of the 318 people or organizations nominated won this this year.

Kip Thorne, Barry Barish, Rainer Weiss (Physics)

Known for their contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics, they won the Nobel Prize for physics because of their work with the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves. The LIGO detector is a machine that helps measure cosmic gravitational waves.

Joachim Frank, Jacques Dubochet, Richard Henderson (Chemistry)

These laureates share the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their contributions to structure and function of the ribosome from bacteria and eukaryotes as well as their work in single-particle cryo-electron microscopy. The value of this is that it allows for the observation of specimens that have not been stained or fixed in any way, showing them in their native environment

Richard Thaler (Economics)

Richard Thaler won the prize for his work in behavioral economy where he showed that human traits deeply affect individual buying and market outcomes. Thaler showed that economic models must incorporate the sometimes rash buying decisions of human beings.

Kazuo Ishiguro (Literature)

A beloved novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in literature not for a novel in particular but rather his ceaseless devotion the field of literature. Kazuo Ishiguro’s most recent book is The Buried Giant.

Michael W. Young,  Michael Rosbash, Jeffrey C. Hall (Physiology or Medicine)

After decades of work, these new laureates have won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work in researching the circadian clock. The circadian clock is what tells humans when to sleep, eat, and perform other bodily processes.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Peace Prize)

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons works to promote adherence to and full implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The campaign also helped bring about this treaty. The organization received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons” (Nobelprize.org).