The Nobel Prizes for Research Work in Science.: History of Foundation and Constitution of Committees

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    ALFRED BERNHARD NOBEL, engineer, chemist, inventor, industrialist, philanthropist, was born at Stockholm, Sweden, on Oct. 21, 1833 he died at San Remo, Italy, on Dec. 10, 1896, aged sixty-three years. The terms of his will, covering an immense capital sum, instituted an annual allocation of money prizes, of which the essential principle was their application for and towards the greatest benefit of mankind. From inquiries which reach us from time to time, and from comments made upon awards of the prizes, it appears that the nature and work of the Foundation are not clearly and widely understood. We think, therefore, that a useful purpose will be served by giving a sketch of Nobel's career and presenting in a compendious form, the main decisions and articles embodied in the Code of Statutes of the Nobel Foundation, which are recurrent in operation, so far as they are likely to concern scientific workers in the domains of physics, chemistry, physiology, and medicine.

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      Dr. Nobel was not a foreign member of the Royal Society of London.

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