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Nobel for literature: one wonders

Literature is the intellectual field where Nobel prizes are most widely shared by the world nations, large and small. Nationals of 40 states and one Stateless person have been honored. The category is the only one to acknowledge and recognize a stateless person. It is also one of the only three world most prestigious awards that have been spontaneously declined by the recipient. In 1964, Jean-Paul Sartre from France did not accept the Nobel for literature. In 1973, Le Duc Tho from Viet Nam refused the Nobel for peace. In 2006 Grigori Perelman from Russia declined the Fields medal for mathematics. There have been other instances of renunciation to Nobel awards, but apparently not voluntary. The 1958 literature Nobel laureate Boris Pasternak from the Soviet Union also declined the award, but allegedly he did not do so of his free will. The Germans Kuhn in 1938 and Butenandt in 1939 were forced by the Nazi regime to decline their Nobel prizes for chemistry.

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areppim chart and statistics of literature Nobel prize winners from 1901 to 2015, indicating the names and nationality. Literature is the intellectual field where Nobel prizes are most widely shared by the world nations, large and small. Nationals of 40 states and one Stateless person have been honored. The category is the only one to acknowledge and recognize a stateless person. It is also one of the only three world most prestigious awards that have been spontaneously declined by the recipient. In 1964, Jean-Paul Sartre from France did not accept the Nobel for literature. In 1973, Le Duc Tho from Viet Nam refused the Nobel for peace. In 2006 Grigori Perelman from Russia declined the Fields medal for mathematics. There have been other instances of renunciation to Nobel awards, but apparently not voluntary. The 1958 literature Nobel laureate Boris Pasternak from the Soviet Union also declined the award, but allegedly he did not do so of his free will. The Germans Kuhn in 1938 and Butenandt in 1939 were forced by the Nazi regime to decline their Nobel prizes for chemistry.

 

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