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Michael Worek is an editor and publisher with a background in international history.


The Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious international awards given. Since its inception in 1901, the various Nobel Prize committees have awarded over 200 prizes. This one-volume tome by Worek, who is also the author of Firefly's An American History Album: The Story of the United States Told Through Stamps (2008), lists the people and organizations that have received the award for their achievements in the fields of peace, physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and (after 1968) economics. The book begins with a biography, three and a half pages long, of Alfred Nobel. Information about the various Nobel Prize committees and the prizes is also included. Chapters are arranged chronologically by decade, while entries in each chapter are arranged by year. Particularly notable prize recipients in each year are given a more detailed examination. Usually one to two pages long, the entries are made up of a brief biography, a photograph, and an explanation of how the person's work has influenced the world. Many discussing medical or scientific achievements have illustrations showing their application. Colored edges at the bottom of each page show the year and the award category, and each chapter ends with a chronological listing of winners for that decade, the location and date of their birth and death, and the award received. Because some recipients are mentioned more than once, an index at the back simplifies finding people by name. Bottom Line Libraries holding Louise S. Sherby's The Who's Who of Nobel Prize Winners 1901-2000 (Oryx, 2002) might want to update their collection with this book, since its coverage extends through 2007. Patrons looking for a starting place for information about Nobel Prize recipients, or just casual users curious to see who was awarded the Nobel Prizes the year they were born, will find this book useful. Suitable for both academic and public libraries. [Available in print only.]-James Langan, Univ. of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Lib. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

This volume will be a welcome addition in any public or academic library reference collection.--Bradford Lee Eden "American Reference Book Annual "
This volume offers a general readership brief profiles of 308 of the approximately 800 people and organizations who have received the Nobel Prize for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economics since its inception in 1901. The selected profiles are organized by decade each a page long, with an additional page accompanying some of the science honorees that illustrates a major discovery. Chapter conclusions contain a complete list of winners from that decade. A brief profile of Alfred Nobel is included.-- (02/01/2009)
This handy reference profiles about 200 of the most famous past winners (by prize and by year). A great fact-checker to consult and learn from.-- (11/15/2008)
Nobel: A Century of Prize Winners groups winner in annotated lists by decade and then by year... It's all fascinating.-- (12/01/2008)
Knowing we have shared the planet with Nobelists like these can in itself be uplifting.--John Kalbfleisch"Montreal Gazette" (12/15/2008)

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