The announcement of the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday opens an unusual season for the 2019 Nobel Prize, in which two laureates of literature will be crowned after the scandal postponed of the award last year, while Greta Thunberg could seize the prestigious peace prize.
The winner of the Medicine Prize will be revealed on Monday at 11:30 (0930 GMT) in Stockholm. It will be followed by the prizes for physics on Tuesday, chemistry on Wednesday, literature on Thursday, and economics on Monday, October 14.
Meanwhile, the Peace Prize will be awarded in Oslo on Friday 11 October. For the Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has only disclosed that it received 301 nominations this year. Greta, a Swedish teen climate activist will be considered the favorite on betting sites such as Ladbrokes.
Predictions about possible winners are notoriously difficult as the prize-awarding institutions keep the names of the nominees secret for 50 years.
Traditionally sensitive to issues gripping the public’s attention, the committee has undoubtedly noted the recent “Greta phenomenon” and the enthusiasm she has sparked among young generations in her campaign to raise awareness about climate change.
The youngest laureate so far is Malala Yousafzai, who won the 2014 Peace Prize at the age of 17.
Other names circulating are Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who clinched a peace deal with arch-foe Eritrea, and NGOs such as Reporters without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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