List of prizes known as the Nobel of a field

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This is a non-exhaustive list of prizes known as "the Nobel Prize of" a given field.

Several fields of human cultural and scientific development are not included in the list of Nobel Prizes, because they were not among the prizes established as part of Alfred Nobel's will. Many unaffiliated prizes have since been referred to as "the Nobel Prize of X", despite this being discouraged by the Nobel Foundation.[1]

Alfred Nobel's will[edit]

Alfred Nobel's last will of 1895 only included five prizes, covering outstanding achievements who confer the "greatest benefit on mankind" in the fields of chemistry, physics, literature, peace, and physiology or medicine. The original Nobel prizes thus includes:

The list[edit]

Several prizes in fields of study and achievement have been established by various entities. These have been referred to as the "Nobel Prize of" that particular field. None of these are sponsored by the Nobel Foundation. These prizes include (with founding year in brackets):




Computer science[edit]

Energy field[edit]








Political Science[edit]

Social sciences/sociology[edit]

See also[edit]


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