Know : List of Noble Prize Awarded Women

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Nobel Prize Awarded Women

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 45 times between 1901 and 2013. Only one woman, Marie Curie, has been honoured twice, with the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This means that 44 women in total have been awarded the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2013. 

The Nobel Prize in Physics

Maria Goeppert Mayer – 1963

for their discoveries concerning nuclear shell structure”

Marie Curie, née Sklodowska – 1903

in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel”

Ada E. Yonath – 2009

for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin – 1964

for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances”

Irène Joliot-Curie – 1935

in recognition of their synthesis of new radioactive elements”

Marie Curie, née Sklodowska – 1911

in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element”

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Elizabeth H. Blackburn – 2009

for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”

Carol W. Greider –  2009

for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi – 2008

for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus”

Linda B. Buck – 2004

for their discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system”

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard – 1995

for their discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development”

Gertrude B. Elion – 1988

for their discoveries of important principles for drug treatment”

Rita Levi-Montalcini – 1986

for their discoveries of growth factors”

Barbara McClintock – 1983

for her discovery of mobile genetic elements”

Rosalyn Yalow – 1977

for the development of radioimmunoassays of peptide hormones”

Gerty Theresa Cori, née Radnitz – 1947

for their discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen”

The Nobel Prize in Literature

Alice Munro – 2013

master of the contemporary short story”

Herta Müller – 2009

who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed”

Doris Lessing –  2007

that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny”

Elfriede Jelinek – 2004

for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society’s clichés and their subjugating power”

Wislawa Szymborska – 1996

for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality”

Toni Morrison – 1993

who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality”

Nadine Gordimer – 1991

who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity”

Nelly Sachs – 1966

for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel’s destiny with touching strength”

Gabriela Mistral – 1945

for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world”

Pearl Buck – 1938

for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces”

Sigrid Undset – 1928

principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages”

Grazia Deledda – 1926

for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general”

Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf – 1909

in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings”

The Nobel Peace Prize

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – 2011

for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”

Leymah Gbowee – 2011

for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”

Tawakkol Karman – 2011

for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”

Wangari Muta Maathai – 2004

for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”

Shirin Ebadi – 2003

for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children”

Jody Williams – 1997

for their work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines”

Rigoberta Menchú Tum – 1992

in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples”

Aung San Suu Kyi – 1991

for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”

Alva Myrdal – 1982

Mother Teresa 1979

Betty Williams 1976

Mairead Corrigan 1976

Emily Greene Balch 1946

Jane Addams 1931

Baroness Bertha Sophie Felicita von Suttner, née Countess Kinsky von Chinic und Tettau 1905

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

Elinor Ostrom – 2009

for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons”

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