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Website of the Week — NobelPrize.org


Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations.

Each October, winners of the Nobel Prize are announced. And for authoritative information about this year's winners, plus more than a century of laureates from years past, you might want to go right to the source, the official online home of the prestigious awards, NobelPrize.org.

LEVINOVITZ: "The mission is to inform about the Nobel Prizes and to increase the public understanding for science, literature and peace work. And also, we would like to interest young people for the discoveries and works awarded a Nobel Prize."

Agneta Wallin Levinovitz is the executive editor of NobelPrize.org. It features details about the Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics and peace.

LEVINOVITZ: "We have a biography for almost every Nobel Prize winner. And when they come to Stockholm or Oslo — that's the Peace Prize — they have to give a lecture. So you have the lecture and you have a biography. And since 1999 we also have interviews with the new laureates, and actually we have also interviewed old laureates, so we have now more than 100 interviews with the different Nobel laureates."

In addition to the text, many of the interviews and lectures are online in streaming video format, such as this conversation with 1998 chemistry laureate Walter Kohn.

KOHN: "... The fact that you received the Nobel Prize suddenly means that, broadly speaking, people take you more seriously, and that means …"

The Nobel Prizes are a great honor, and are taken very seriously. So you might be surprised to find quite a few games on the website. Agneta Wallin Levinovitz says there's a serious reason for that.

LEVINOVITZ: "We think that by making games on the Nobel Prize discoveries, that we could interest young people for science. So we tried to do something that they think is fun and they forget that they're actually learning while playing. We think it's very important to interest young people for science, and also literature and peace work, so we do games in all our areas, but mostly in science."

Learn more about Nobel Prizes from this year or any year back to 1901 at NobelPrize.org, or get the link from our site, voanews.com.

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