Nobel Prize Day: Celebrating role models
On December 10th, we celebrate Nobel Prize Day. It’s a time to commemorate real role models – not reality TV stars or celebrities with bad morals.
There is no limit on age when it comes to winning a Nobel Prize. It is given to people who have used their intelligence and talents to better the world and make a real difference in people’s lives.
Youngest Nobel Prize Winners
In an effort to inspire you, we have compiled a list of some young Nobel Prize winners. You may not identify with all of them, but we encourage you pick one to learn more about. We even included some links to additional information about each winner.
Malala Yousafzai, 17
Nobel Peace Prize 2014
At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2012, Taliban gunmen shot the teenager in the head because she was campaigning for girls’ education. During her extensive recovery time, she continued received threats, but she never backed down. She is still an activist for the right to education, especially female education and has received countless awards and recognition for her work. She has even been called the “the most famous teenager in the world.”
Learn more: You can learn more about Malala and her cause in the documentary entitled He Named Me Malala, her autobiography “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” and in her father’s TED talk.
Lawrence Bragg, 25
The Nobel Prize in Physics 1915
Lawrence Bragg was an Australian-born British physicist and X-ray crystallographer. In 1912, he discovered the Bragg’s law of X-ray diffraction, which is necessary for the determination of crystal structure. After winning the Nobel Prize, Lawrence was knighted and continued to receive notable prizes until he died in 1971.
Learn more: You can read many books on the scientific work that made Lawrence famous, but if you are looking for something more inspirational, read the book written about his life and journey, “William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: The Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science.”
Frederick G. Banting, 32
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1923
Frederick Grant Banting was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, painter and Nobel laureate noted as the first person that used insulin on humans. As you may know, insulin is still used today in the treatment of diabetes. Like Lawrence Bragg, Banting was knighted and in 2004, and was voted fourth place on The Greatest Canadian.
Learn more: To learn more about Banting and his discovery, check out his detailed profileon the Noble Prize website.
Tawakkol Karman, 32
The Nobel Peace Prize 2011
In 2011, Tawakkol Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. In doing this, she became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize. Today, she continues her work as a Yemeni journalist, politician, senior member of the Al-Islah political party and a human rights activist. She also leads the group “Women Journalists Without Chains,” which she co-founded in 2005.
You are never too young (or old!) to achieve your dreams. Take some time to set your goals, make a plan and work hard and maybe you will be joining the list above soon!