At 100, Alfred Nobel's Legacy Retains Its Luster

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Science  12 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5541, pp. 288-291
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5541.288a

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- Born of a 19th century magnate's vision of heroic science, the Nobels remain the prizes everybody wants to win--and nobody wants to tamper with. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prizes, the stories in this special Focus section explore how the science awards achieved iconic status, why they have overlooked some major discoveries (see p. 292), and how they change the lives of those who win them--for good or ill (see p. 293). A timeline of some Nobel milestones and a series of " Nobel nuggets " round out the package.