No Nobel Prize in Literature this year

The Swedish Academy has postponed the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature following sex-abuse allegations and other issues within its ranks that have tarnished the body’s reputation. The 2018 winner will be presented alongside the 2019 winner next year. It is the first time since wartime 1943 that the prestigious award will not be given.

Book signed by Tagore auctioned for US$ 700

A signed hardcover copy of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore‘s ‘The King of the Dark Chamber’ – the English translation of his famous Bengali play ‘Raja’ – has been sold for USD 700 at an auction in the US. The play revolves around a mysterious, unseen, omniscient king, who is both benevolent and efficient. Tagore became the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize (Literature) in 1913.

John Sulston human genome pioneer passed away

British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75. Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for innovations in cancer research. He was known as a passionate believer in pushing the boundaries of science and in making data on the human genome available to all.

Goa to Host Nobel Prize Event in 2018

5 : The Goa government executed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to hold the ‘Nobel Prize Series — India 2018 (Science Impacts Life)’. It will be held from February 1-28 next year along with a month-long exhibition brought from Nobel Museum, Sweden. The Nobel series has earlier been organised in Gujarat.

Kazuo won the Nobel prize in literature

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. His best-known novels include “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.” Ishiguro, whose family moved to Britain from Japan when he was 5 years old, has written eight books, the most recent of which, “The Buried Giant,” was published in 2015.

2017 Chemistry Nobel Prize

Swiss researcher Jacques Dubochet and Americans Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. They got the nobel for developing cryo-electron microscopy which simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules. Researchers can now freeze biomolecules mid-movement and visualise processes which will help in development of pharmaceuticals.

2017 Nobel Physics Prize

Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne & Barry Barish were awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for decisive contributions to LIGO detector & observation of gravitational waves. Waves which were predicted by Einstein 100 yrs ago, came from a collision b/w 2 black holes & took 1.3 bn yrs for the waves to arrive at LIGO detector. LIGO is a collaborative project with over 1000 researchers from more than 20 countries

Chinese Nobel Peace laureate passes away

Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died at the age of 61. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2009 for “subversion”. He was recently moved from prison to a hospital in Shenyang to be treated for late-stage liver cancer. Chinese govt had refused to let him seek treatment overseas despite Liu’s wishes and international pressure.

David Grossman wins Man Booker Prize

Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. He has become the first Israeli writer to receive this prestigious award. The novel is focused entirely on the act of comedian Dovaleh Greenstein. The award has a prize of 50,000 pounds ($64,000) that is split evenly between Mr. Grossman and translator Jessica Cohen.

Toni Morrison honoured by Authors Guild.

The Authors Guild has honored Nobel literature laureate Toni Morrison at its 25th annual gala. Morrison received Distinguished Service Award and praised the power of literature and the “community” of writers. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved.