All this week, the Nobel Committee will be announcing the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prizes. Just yesterday, scientists Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser and John O’Keefe were awarded the prize in Physiology and Medicine for their groundbreaking discovery of cells that compose a positioning system in the brain. Today, the prize for Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for the invention of energy saving, blue light-emitting diodes — otherwise known as LEDs. Tomorrow, the winners of the prize in Chemistry will be announced, followed by the prize in Literature on Thursday. The incredibly illustrious Nobel Peace prize will be awarded on Friday. Then, on Monday the 13, the announcements will conclude with the bestowing of the prize in Economics, held in the memory of Alfred Nobel himself.
To get you into the spirit for these announcements, here are 12 TED Talks from Nobel Prize laureates.
- Leymah Gbowee, winner of the 2011 Prize in Peace, asks us to unlock the intelligence, passion and greatness of girls (2012)
- James Watson, winner of the 1962 Prize in Medicine, on how we discovered DNA (2005)
- George Smoot, winner of the 2006 Prize in Physics, shares the design of the universe (2008)
- Kary Mullis, winner of the 1993 Prize in Chemistry, celebrates the experiment (2002)
- Kary Mullis on the next-gen cure for killer infections (2009)
- Jody Williams, winner of the 1997 Peace Prize, gives a realistic vision for world peace (2011)
- Murray Gell-Mann, winner of the 1969 Prize in Physics, on the ancestor of language (2007)
- Murray Gell-Mann talks beauty and truth in physics (2007)
- Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Prize in Economics, brings the riddle of experience vs. memory (2011)
- Al Gore, winner of the 2007 in Prize in Peace, on averting the climate crisis (2006)
- Al Gore gives new thinking on the climate crisis (2008)
- And Al Gore warns on the latest climate trends (2009)
Note: This post originally ran in October of 2012. It has been updated for 2014.