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• December 2014 •

Create a Biographical Profile of a Nobel Laureate

December is the month in which the Nobel Prize is awarded for outstanding achievement in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, peace, literature, and economics. The awards were established by the will of Alfred Nobel, who left a fund to provide annual prizes in all these areas, except economics.

Find out more about the Nobel Prize, its history, the winners, known as Nobel Laureates, and the selection process by visiting the official Nobel Prize Organization Web site or the Infoplease® Web site. Then, use the information you gather to prepare a biographical profile of a 2013 Nobel Laureate. Your profile should include, but not be limited to, the following information:

  • How are Nobel Laureates chosen and what must they all have accomplished in their respective fields, according to the Nobel Committee? (Pay specific attention to the Nobel Laureate you chose to profile.)
  • In which field does your Laureate excel, and for what particular contribution to society was he or she honored?
  • Who are some of the most famous Nobel Laureates of the past in the same field as your Laureate?

When you have finished, you may wish to compare your biographical profile with those of your classmates. Then, post a final version on your school's Web site to share the information with other students.