Alfred Nobel and Foundation of Noble Prize

This is a short inspirational story about Alfred Nobel and the foundation of the Noble prize. Alfred Nobel was a Swedish Chemist and engineer who is known as the person behind the Noble prize. He also Invented the Dynamite but nowadays not everyone knows him as an inventor of Dynamite.

Alfred Nobel and the foundation of the Noble prize
Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), Swedish chemist and engineer, Image Source

In 1888 Alfred’s brother Ludvig passed away while traveling to Cannes. The next day after his brother’s death, Alfred Nobel woke up in the morning. He picked up the newspaper for reading as usual. He got shocked reading the newspaper, He was surprised to see his name in the obituary column.

To his surprise, a newspaper reported his death by mistake. He was in shock when he gained his consciousness to see what it was all about. The Newspaper headlines were “The merchant of death is dead” and stated, “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.” After all, he invented the Dynamite.

After reading his obituary he asked himself “Is this the way he wants to be remembered “.

He felt a strange feeling of sadness inside and decided that he would be remembered for better things and leave a better legacy after his death. The day onwards he decided to work for peace and betterment of society.

In 1895 he wrote his last will and statement to establish the Noble Prize. He divided all of his wealth and properties into parts to give away as a prize to the people who are working extraordinarily for the benefits of society. The first three prizes were, a noble prize in physics, a noble prize in chemistry and the third one was a noble prize in physiology or medical science.

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