Research Department

The Nobel Museum's Research Department was established in 2003. Its research activities deal with historical, cultural and social aspects of modern science, peace, literature and economy, as well as Alfred Nobel and his time, Nobel laureates and their works, and museology.

The Department consists of four researchers. The Nobel Museum has a research library with places for guest scholars, museum staff as well as external visitors.

The Department organizes a series of multi-disciplinary colloquia on Tuesday afternoons during the Academic Year. This is a forum for Swedish and international scholars to present and discuss new research. Every spring, the Department invites an international scholar of excellence to give the annual Neale Wheeler Watson lecture. The Department also organizes conferences and symposia.

The Research Department publishes two series of publications: Archives of the Nobel Museum, and Nobel Museum Occasional Papers.

The Department collaborates with Swedish and international universities and research institutes, such as Yale University, The Humboldt University in Berlin, Medicinsk Museion at Copenhagen University, The Institute and Museum for the History of Science in Florence, and Deutsches Museum in Munich.

For more information, please contact:
Katarina Nordqvist, Head of Research Department.

For more information about specific Nobel Laureates, visit: 

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Artefact of the month

June artefact – a death mask

57 years after the death of Boris Pasternak, Nobel Laureate in Literature 1958, his great-granddaughter Vera Kovalskaya donated his death mask and a cast of his right hand to the Nobel museum.

Publicerad 1 Jun. Comments

April artefact – models, of molecules and laureates

The 2016 Nobelprize in Physiology or Medicin was unshared awarded the cellbiologist Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi for showing how living cells can break down and recycle their own components. The phenomenon is called autophagy which means “self eating”.

Ohsumi donated two different objects to the Nobelmuseum: one miniature model of himself and some protein molecule models.

Publicerad 31 Mar. Comments

March artefact – an early graph

Physics Laureate David Thouless donated an early handplotted graph to the Nobel Museum. This was the first experimental data showing that the Kosterlitz-Thouless transitions – until then only predicted in theory – worked.

Publicerad 3 Mar. Comments


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