Nobel Laureates Gallery 2011, includes Arab & Israeli victors

Published October 9th, 2011 - 14:43 GMT

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Image 1 of 8: Tawakkul Karman- Yemen's revolutionary extraordinaire rose to public acclaim for her contributions to both Arab women-kind and the Arab Spring. While sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with 3 women, this didn't diminish the scale of the victory for a buzzing Arab population - proud for one of theirs to join the select space of 12 females before her.

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Image 1 of 8: Leymah Gbowee - Liberian tripartite Peace Prize recipient - formed the "Women in Peacebuilding Network": "In the past we were silent, but after being killed, raped, dehumanized, & infected with diseases, & watching our children & families destroyed, war has taught us [to say] NO to violence & YES to peace!", prompting an end to the 2nd Civil War.

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Image 1 of 8: Cool Laureate: American Saul Perlmutter, one of three to earn the Physics Prize, with co-patriot Adam Reiss, & Australian Brian Schmidt, was commended for discovering “the accelerated expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae". Their research calculated that the universe would expand til a state called 'Big Freeze'.

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Image 1 of 8: Tomas Tranströmer: This Swedish poet has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Nobel Prize in literature. Transtromer, is critically acclaimed as an outstanding poet of the 20th century. As a professional psychologist, he worked with delinquents & disabled children. He suffered a disability after a stroke, training his left hand for piano & writing.

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Image 1 of 8: Bruce Beutler: one of the trio of winners for the 2011 Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology, awarded for research on the human immune system this year, was US scientist Beutler, whose combined contributions may help prevent & cure cancer & inflammatory diseases. The other co-winners: Luxembourg-born Jules Hoffmann, & Canada-born Ralph Steinman.

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Image 1 of 8: Dan Shechtman: In a draw containing an Arab prizewinner, we have an Israeli scientist who secured the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals. Quasiperiodical structures, incidentally, were observed in some decorative tilings devised by medieval Islamic architects. The prize money for Chemistry is one million euro.

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Image 1 of 8: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: tri--prize holder of Peace Prize, Africa’s first democratically-elected female head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Liberian peace campaigner who was pivotal in ending her country’s 14-year civil war in 2003. These honor-brimming prize-holders split the prize money of $1.5 mn three-ways also.

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Image 1 of 8: This accolade is shared by Israeli Menachin Begin & Anwar Sadat, Israel-Arab co-signatories of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty that more rocked the region than pacified it, point out Arab dissenters of the not-so-'noble' tradition of the prestigious Peace Prize. They are less than keen to hail their Yemeni heroine for her Nobel victory of 2011.

An introduction, or a reminder, of who's who in this year's winner line-up for the Nobel Prizes, 2011, across all categories.

Regionally, the prize that created the biggest stir in the climate of Arab Spring and the fight for woman's rights was nabbed by  Arabia's very own Chammpion of Peace, journalist Tawakkul Karmen, the Yemeni lady and mother no less. The chemistry category could have proved 'combustive' in its prized Israeli winner, given the Arab in the winners draw, but the spirit of the occasion, not to mention the Peace Prize principle, ensured that all stayed on best behavior.

Karmen shared the priviliged prize with three peer-winners in the Peace prize category, for her tireless works as leading activist in Yemen's unfinished saga of revolution. The Peace prize was given across the board for recognition of women who spearheaded non-violent campaigns to defend the right of women to advance and bolster peace around the world.

The nominees for this year’s Peace Nobel are believed to have numbered some 240 and included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose followers in Arab countries 'oiled the wheels of the Arab Spring'. Assange did not come up trumps on this honorable esteemed occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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