Around the world scientists, writers and negotiators of peace are hoping they will receive a $1.5 million phone call from Scandinavia next week saying they are Nobel Prize Winners.
The Nobel Prizes is given out annually since and has been handed out since 1901. The will of wealthy Swedish scientist Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite, established the award, which rewards pioneering achievements in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace.
Goran Hansson will dial the first number.
Sometimes they think that I'm joking, Hansson, secretary of the Nobel Prize committee for medicine, told The Associated Press.
After calling the winners, Hansson will announce the first of the 2011 Nobels on Monday.
I usually speak to them a few minutes, he said. And tell them a little bit about the ceremony and so on and then I advise them to make some coffee, catch their breath and prepare a little bit before the media starts calling them.
All Nobel Prizes are announced in Stockholm with the exception of the Nobel Peace Prize. It is presented in the Oslo, the capital of Norway, in line with Nobel's wishes.
Here are announcements of the 2011 Nobel Prizes at earliest:
- The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 3
- The Nobel Prize in Physics: 11:45 a.m. CET on Oct. 4
- The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: 11:45 a.m. CET on Oct. 5
- The Nobel Prize in Literature: According to tradition, the Swedish Academy will set the date for its announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature later.
- The Nobel Peace Prize: 11 a.m. CET on Oct. 7
- Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel: 1 p.m. CET on Oct. 10
You can also watch the Nobel Prize award here next week below.