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Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize founded by a Swedish inventor and industrialists Alfred Nobel in 1901 is one of the most prestigious rewards in the world. These prizes are awarded for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.

Petersburg citizens are proud to remember "their" Nobel-prizers, especially that most of them have not just lived for some time in St.Petersburg (Petrograd, Leningrad), but graduated in the city on the Neva River, performed their research in this city, chaired departments and institutes in it.

Of all Nobel Prize winners, at least 35 had Russian origins though 17 of them were either born abroad or left Russia while still children together with their parents. One should remember that the beginning of the 20th century was a difficult period for Russia: wars, revolutions, starvation, etc. Many Russian intellectuals had to escape from the country for safety. However, there is an exception: Aleksandr Prokhorov was born in 1916 in Atherton, Australia, in an immigrant family from Russia that later returned to Russia.

Following is the list of "Petersburg Nobel Prize Winners" by the order of their award years. The inverted commas are intentional for the chance that somebody may consider a particular person a representative of another town where he was born or continued his creative work.

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