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2020 Nobel ceremonies to remain low-key amid pandemic

There might be no glitzy banquet honoring winners in Stockholm or Oslo as the worldwide pandemic curtails the standard celebrations.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The pomp and ceremony of the Nobel prize ceremonies have been reined on this 12 months amid measures to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus. There might be no glitzy banquet honoring winners in Stockholm or Oslo as the worldwide pandemic curtails the standard celebrations.

As an alternative, their achievements might be acknowledged and rewarded at low-key ceremonies the place they stay and work in Europe and the US, with the primary one Monday in Berlin.

Twelve laureates have been named in 2020. A Nobel prize comes with a 10-milion krona ($1.1 million) money award — to be shared in some instances — diplomas and gold medals. Historically, the lavish Nobel ceremonies are held Dec. 10, the anniversary of the demise of prize founder Alfred Nobel, at an ornate metropolis corridor in Stockholm for all however the Peace Prize that’s held in Oslo in neighboring Norway. Nobel needed it that method, for causes that he stored to himself.

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The 2020 Nobel prizes have been introduced in October. The prize for physiology and drugs was awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice “for the invention of Hepatitis C virus.” The prize for physics honored Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for his or her breakthroughs in understanding black holes, whereas the chemistry prize went to Emanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for a robust gene-editing instrument.

The literature prize was awarded to American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere magnificence makes particular person existence common.” The World Meals Program gained the peace prize for efforts to fight starvation.

However the pandemic implies that the award ceremonies have been dialed down this 12 months. They begin in Berlin on Monday the place Charpentier of France will obtain her medal and diploma from the Swedish ambassador.

All through the week, the others will get their medals and diplomas. Penrose, a British scientist, might be awarded his in London by Sweden’s envoy to the UK whereas German scientist Genzel might be honored on the Bavarian State Chancellery in Munich, in southern Germany.

Shifting throughout the Atlantic, Alter will get his award on the Nationwide Institutes of Well being in Washington D.C. from Sweden’s ambassador to the US. The Scandinavian nation’s Consul Common in New York, will hand it over to Rice.

On Wednesday, Sweden’s Honorary Consul in San Francisco, Calif., will current them to Ghez, Doudna, and Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson, who gained the Nobel prize for economics for serving to make auctions run extra effectively.

On Friday, the Peace Prize might be awarded just about with a presentation in Oslo by the top of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and a ceremonial presentation and an acceptance speech in Rome, Italy, by David Beasley, head of the United Nations World Meals Program.

In Stockholm on the identical day, a webcast ceremony might be held and King Carl XVI Gustaf is predicted to carry a speech.

It has not been introduced but when Glück and Houghton will obtain their diploma and medal of their respective houses.

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