Five women at once this year were awarded the Nobel Prize, which was an absolute record.
Five women at once this year were awarded the Nobel Prize, which was an absolute record
Two other American women Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider received the Nobel Prize in Medicine along with their compatriot Jack Szostak. In total, five representatives of the weaker sex were awarded the Swedish Royal Academy at once. This is an absolute record for the entire time the awards were presented.
The previous achievement was in 2004 when American Linda Buck won the Nobel Prize in Medicine, Elfriede Eleniak of Austria won the Literary Prize, and Kenyan Wangari Maathai won the Peace Prize.
The first woman to win the Nobel Prize was Marie Curie. She shared the 1903 physics award with her husband Pierre and Antoine Henri Becquerel. In addition, Marie Curie became the only woman to whom the Nobel Prize was awarded twice. She received it in 1911 for achievements in chemistry.
In general, women received the Nobel Prize 41 times. This most prestigious award in the world has found 40 representatives of the fair sex (two prizes for Marie Curie).