Entries in Nobel Prize (3)


Chinese Writer Mo Yan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Eileen Bach/Thinkstock(STOCKHOLM) -- This year's Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Chinese writer Mo Yan, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday.

In a statement, the academy applauded Yan's ability to merge "folk tales, history and the contemporary" with his "hallucinatory realism."

The award represents a break from the recent past.  The prize has gone to European authors three times in the last four years.

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American, Frenchman Jointly Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(STOCKHOLM) -- An American and Frenchman were jointly awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work in quantum physics.

In a statement, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said David J. Wineland from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Colorado Boulder, and Serge Haroche from the Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure, won "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems."

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The two Nobel Laureates, who both work in the field of quantum optics studying the interaction between light and matter, "have opened the door to a new era of experimentation with quantum physics by demonstrating the direct observation of individual quantum systems without destroying them," according to the Royal Academy.

"Their ground-breaking methods have enabled this field of research to take the very first steps towards building a new type of super fast computer based on quantum physics," the Academy continued. "The research has also led to the construction of extremely precise clocks that could become the future basis for a new standard of time, with more than hundred-fold greater precision than present-day caesium clocks."

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Nobel Prize Winner Plays One-Handed Piano After Stroke

JESSICA GOW/AFP/Getty Images(STOCKHOLM) -- It will be a remarkable scene. The poet who won the Nobel Prize for literature lost the ability to speak and the use of his right arm through a stroke more than 20 years ago.

But he still expresses himself -- through music, by playing one-handed piano.

And that is how Tomas Tranströmer will accept his prize in Stockholm on Dec. 10.

“I imagine he will be in a wheelchair, and he will speak to people through the piano,” Neil Astley, the poet’s friend, told The Independent newspaper in London.

Tranströmer has continued to write poetry in the years since his stroke, and he is a national icon in his native Sweden, something like Robert Frost was for Americans years ago. White-haired, fragile, nearly silenced by his stroke, he nevertheless is a beloved public figure in his country, seen by his compatriots as a man of courage as well as art.

He performs piano recitals from time to time in Sweden and throughout Europe, playing only with his left  hand. There are pieces in the classical repertoire that are written to be played with the left hand alone,and some Swedish composers have adapted their works specifically so Tranströmer could play them.

At a recent appearance in London, Tranströmer played the piano while a friend read his poetry.

He’s had an unusual journey to the Nobel Prize. Tranströmer is a trained psychologist who has worked with juvenile offenders in a correctional institution in Sweden. His spare but intense poems have been translated into more than 50 languages, moving readers all over the world with their uncanny observations and deep emotion. He’s a kind of dreaming classicist.

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