The Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the world, and it recognizes excellence in a variety of disciplines, including Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Peace.
Over the years, numerous remarkable individuals, including some of the youngest in history, have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
This article examines the ten youngest Nobel laureates of all time, as well as their inspiring accounts of brilliance and accomplishment.
10. Malala Yousafzai – Peace Prize, 2014
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient in history, having received the award at age 17. In Pakistan, she became an advocate for girls’ education, speaking out against the Taliban’s ban on females attending school. In 2012, she survived a gunshot wound to the cranium after the Taliban had targeted her. Her bravery and commitment to the cause of education for all have made her an international symbol.
9. William Lawrence Bragg won the 1915 Physics Prize.
William Lawrence Bragg was only 25 years old when he and his father were awarded the Physics Prize for their contributions to X-ray crystallography. Their work revolutionized the field of physics, and Bragg went on to have an illustrious scientific career, making significant contributions to the study of crystal structures.
8. Werner Heisenberg – Physics Prize, 1932
Werner Heisenberg was only 31 years old when he was awarded the Physics Prize for his contributions to quantum mechanics. It states that the position and momentum of a subatomic particle cannot be simultaneously determined with arbitrary precision. The work of Heisenberg had a significant impact on our comprehension of the behaviour of atomic and subatomic particles.
7. Paul Sabatier won the 1912 Chemistry Prize.
Paul Sabatier received the Chemistry Prize for his work on catalytic hydrogenation at the age of 37. His research had significant applications in the production of fuels and plastics, paving the way for the development of modern industrial chemistry.
6. Frederick G. Banting – Medicine Prize, 1923
Frederick G. Banting was only 32 years old when he and J.J.R. Macleod were awarded the Medicine Prize for their discovery of insulin. Their efforts resulted in the creation of a treatment for diabetes, a previously devastating disease.
5. Albert Schweitzer – Peace Prize, 1952
Albert Schweitzer received the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 38 for his humanitarian service in Africa. In French Equatorial Africa, he founded a hospital and devoted the majority of his life working to improve the health and welfare of the local populace.
4. Andrei Sakharov – Peace Prize, 1975
When he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work advocating human rights in the Soviet Union, Andrei Sakharov was 54 years old. He was a physicist who became an outspoken critic of Soviet government policy and was exiled to Gorky as a result of his activism.
3. Tawakkol Karman – Peace Prize, 2011
Tawakkol Karman was 32 years old when she and two other women were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Yemen. The first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
2. 1915 Lawrence Bragg – Physics Prize
Lawrence Bragg was only 25 years old when he and his father were awarded the Physics Prize for their contributions to X-ray crystallography. Their research transformed the field of physics, and Lawrence Bragg went on to become an eminent physicist who made significant contributions to the study of crystal structures.
1. Nadia Murad – Peace Prize, 2018
Nadia Murad was 25 years old when she and Denis Mukwege were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Murad is a Yazidi human rights activist who survived sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS and has since become a potent advocate for sexual violence survivors.
Not only are these ten individuals among the youngest Nobel laureates in history, but they are also among the most inspiring. Their commitment to their disciplines and to making a positive impact on the world exemplifies the effectiveness of perseverance and effort.
They inspire future generations of scientists, activists, and thinkers to aspire for excellence and use their talents to make the world a better place.
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