Female Nobel Prize Laureates

Female Nobel Prize Laureates

Year   Image Laureate   Country   Category   Rationale  
1903 Marie Curie 1903 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics Curie, Marie Marie Curie
(shared with Pierre Curie)
France Physics "in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel"
1905 Bertha von Suttner 1905 Nobel prize winner for Peace von Suttner, BerthaBertha von Suttner Austria–Hungary Peace Honorary President of Permanent International Peace Bureau, Berne, Switzerland; Author of Lay Down Your Arms.
1909 Lagerlöf, SelmaSelma Lagerlöf Sweden Literature "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings"
1911 Marie Curie 1911 Nobel prize winner for Chemistry Curie, MarieMarie Curie France Chemistry "for her discovery of radium and polonium"
1926 Grazia Deledda 1926 Nobel prize winner for Literature Deledda, GraziaGrazia Deledda Italy Literature "for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general"
1928 Sigrid Undset 1928 Nobel prize winner for Literature Undset, SigridSigrid Undset Norway Literature "principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages"
1931 Jane Addams 1931 Nobel prize winner for Peace Addams, JaneJane Addams
(shared with Nicholas Murray Butler)
United States Peace Sociologist; International President, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
1935   Joliot-Curie, IrèneIrène Joliot-Curie
(shared with Frédéric Joliot-Curie)
France Chemistry "for their synthesis of new radioactive elements".
1938 Pearls s. Buck 1938 Nobel prize winner for Literature Buck, Pearl S.Pearl S. Buck United States Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces"
1945 Gabriela Mistral 1945 Nobel prize winner for Literature Mistral, GabrielaGabriela Mistral Chile Literature "for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world"
1946   Balch, Emily GreeneEmily Greene Balch
(shared with John Raleigh Mott)
United States Peace Formerly Professor of History and Sociology; Honorary International President, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
1947 Gerty Theresa Cori 1947 Nobel prize winner for Physiology or Medicine Cori, Gerty TheresaGerty Theresa Cori
(shared with Carl Ferdinand Cori)
United States Physiology or Medicine "for their discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen"]
1963   Goeppert-Mayer, MariaMaria Goeppert-Mayer
(shared with J. Hans D. Jensen)
United States Physics "for their discoveries concerning nuclear shell structure"
1964   Hodgkin, Dorothy CrowfootDorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin United Kingdom Chemistry "for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances"
1966   Sachs, NellyNelly Sachs Sweden Literature "for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel's destiny with touching strength"
1976   Williams, BettyBetty Williams United Kingdom Peace Founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (later renamed Community of Peace People)
1976   Corrigan, MaireadMairead Corrigan United Kingdom Peace Founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (later renamed Community of Peace People)
1977   Yalow, RosalynRosalyn Yalow United States Physiology or Medicine "for the development of radioimmunoassays of peptide hormones"
1979 Mother Teresa 1979 Nobel prize winner for Peace Teresa, MotherMother Teresa India Peace Leader of Missionaries of Charity, Calcutta.
1982   Myrdal, AlvaAlva Myrdal
(shared with Alfonso García Robles)
Sweden Peace Former Cabinet Minister; Diplomat; Writer
1983   McClintock, BarbaraBarbara McClintock United States Physiology or Medicine "for her discovery of mobile genetic elements"
1986 Rita Levi-Montalcini 1986 Nobel prize winner for Physiology or Medicine Levi-Montalcini, RitaRita Levi-Montalcini
(shared with Stanley Cohen)
Italy,
United States
Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries of growth factors"
1988   Elion, Gertrude B.Gertrude B. Elion
(shared with James W. Black and George H. Hitchings)
United States Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries of important principles for drug treatment"
1991   Gordimer, NadineNadine Gordimer South Africa Literature "who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity"
1991 Aung San Suu Kyi 1991 Nobel prize winner for Peace Suu Kyi, Aung SanAung San Suu Kyi Burma Peace "for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights"
1992 Menchú, RigobertaRigoberta Menchú Guatemala Peace "in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples"
1993   Morrison, ToniToni Morrison United States Literature "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality"
1995 Nüsslein-Volhard, ChristianeChristiane Nüsslein-Volhard
(shared with Edward B. Lewis and Eric F. Wieschaus)
Germany Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development"
1996 Wistawa Szymborska 1996 Nobel prize winner for Literature Szymborska, WisławaWisława Szymborska Poland Literature "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality"
1997 Jody Williams 1997 Nobel prize winner for Peace Williams, JodyJody Williams
(shared with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines)
United States Peace "for their work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines"
2003 Shirin Ebadi 2003 Nobel prize winner for Peace Ebadi, ShirinShirin Ebadi Iran Peace "for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children"
2004 Elfriede Jelinek 2004 Nobel prize winner for Literature Jelinek, ElfriedeElfriede Jelinek Austria Literature "for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power"
2004   Maathai, WangariWangari Maathai Kenya Peace "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace"
2004   Buck, Linda B.Linda B. Buck
(shared with Richard Axel)
United States Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system"
2007 Doris Lessing 2007 Nobel prize winner for Literature Lessing, DorisDoris Lessing United Kingdom Literature "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny"
2008   Barré-Sinoussi, FrançoiseFrançoise Barré-Sinoussi
(shared with Harald zur Hausen and Luc Montagnier)
France Physiology or Medicine "for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus"
2009 Blackburn, ElizabethElizabeth Blackburn
(shared with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak)
Australia and United States Physiology or Medicine "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase"
2009 Greider, Carol W.Carol W. Greider
(shared with Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack W. Szostak)
United States Physiology or Medicine "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase"
2009 Yonath, Ada E.Ada E. Yonath
(shared with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz)
Israel Chemistry "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"
2009 Muller, HertaHerta Müller Germany and Romania Literature "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed"
2009   Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
(shared with Oliver E. Williamson)
United States Economics "for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons"
2011   Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia Peace "For their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work"
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