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Can You Guess the Nobel Prize Winner?

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On Friday, a coalition of Tunisian democratic organizations were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, capping off a week of awards from the famed prize-giving group. The actual awards won’t be handed out until Dec. 10. In the meantime, test your Nobel Prize knowledge and see the answers explained below. (For more on the real winners, see below.)





  • J.M. Coetzee
    South African native John Maxwell Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.
  • Harold Pinter
    Playwright and writer Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005.
  • John Hume
    Irish politician John Hume was awarded half of a Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 with David Trimble for their work to find a peaceful solution to conflict in Northern Ireland.
  • Grameen Bank
    Bangladeshi Grameen Bank won half of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize alongside its founder Muhammad Yunus for “their efforts to create economic and social development from below.”
  • United Nations
    The United Nations won half of the prize in 2001, splitting it with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.”
  • 14th Dalai Lama
    The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his work to liberate Tibet.
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger won half of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 with North Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho for their work to establish a ceasefire between the U.S. and Vietnam. Tho wouldn’t accept “on the grounds that [Kissinger] had violated the truce.”
  • Jody Williams
    Jody Williams is an American-born anti-landmine activist, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
  • Vladimir Prelog
    Vladimir Prelog won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975 “for his research into the stereochemistry of organic molecules and reactions.”
  • Betty Williams
    Betty Williams won half of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976, splitting it with Mairead Corrigon for their peacemaking world in northern Ireland.
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