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Statistically Speaking

Last week Nobel Prizes were awarded in physics, chemistry, peace, and physiology or medicine. Founded by Alfred Nobel in 1901, the Nobel Prize is awarded for significant achievements in the sciences, in the arts, or for peace. In celebration of the recent Nobel laureates, here are some facts about the awards:

3: The maximum number of people to whom an award can be given in a single category every year.

100–250: The number of nominees per prize.

50: The number of years that Nobel nominees’ names are kept secret after their nominations.

2: The number of times that Frederick Sanger won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. He is the only person to win a Nobel Prize twice (in 1958 and 1980, respectively).

Sources: www.nobelprize.org and history1900s.about.com