Alfred Nobel is perhaps best known for being the man behind the Nobel Prize; the highest honor bestowed to men and women for their outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and works of peace.
Yet, before this, Alfred’s success, fame and fortune had come from something much more destructive and far less peaceful. Dynamite. Through business was figuratively and literally booming, fulfillment for Alfred Nobel ultimately came from a place he did not expect.
In 1888 a local French newspaper erroneously published Alfred’s obituary stating “the merchant of death is dead” going on to say that he had become rich by “finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before.”
Alfred’s heart sank. Were death and destruction his only legacy? He would not have it so. Upon his death, he set aside 94% (nearly 470 million USD) of his assets to establish the five Nobel prizes in hopes that his legacy would be one of building great things instead of destroying them.
In physics, Einstein, Rontgen, and we have some Japanese physicists, and in chemistry, Curie or also we have some Japanese chemist, in physiology or medicine, in Japan Shinya Yamanaka is very famous about IPS cells, in literature a lot of famous authors were awarded like Hemingway, Camus, so on. Farther more Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, or some people who are famous. In economic sciences, I don’t know the person who received this prize.
Do you think that one’s work or business is an accurate reflection of who that person is?
It is a really difficult question, I think. The work or business may be accurate reflect what he or she is, I think. By seeing what kind of business he did or how the work it is, we can understand what he is, I think.
Hello Ko! Continue to make good progress in your studies, and I see that you’re certainly on track to make the most of this course. Try to go over your notes from time to time, and make sure to use them in practice. Keep moving forward, see you soon!