U.S. have got maximum number of Nobel Prizes since 1901

October 9th, 2010 - 4:14 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 09 (ANI): It seems United States has got the best brains, as they have been awarded with maximum number of Nobel Prizes since 1901.

The awards are an annual ritual celebrating human intellectual endeavour that began in 1901.

Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor and arms manufacturer, set them up as he requested in his will that his fortune be used to create a series of prizes for those who confer the “greatest benefit on mankind”.

Over the intervening 109 years, more than 500 prizes have been awarded. But which nation can claim the most winners?

A clear winner would be the United States, which comes out top overall, as well as in five of the six categories.

The UK is next, with 117 Nobel medals. However, France, which bumps along in fourth or fifth, is clearly ahead when it comes to literature, reports the BBC News.

But there are a total of 69 countries or territories whose citizens have picked up the prize, from St Lucia to this week’s latest addition, Peru, birthplace of author Mario Vargas Llosa. (ANI)

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