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Former Nobel official to discuss prizes, May 10

Erling Norrby, former secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, will speak on "Over 100 Years of Nobel Prizes" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in 101 Icahn Lab.

From 1997 to 2003, Norrby served as secretary-general of the institution that annually awards Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry and economics. During that time, he also was a member of the board of the Nobel Foundation. He currently is a researcher at the academy's Center for the History of Sciences.

In the May 10 seminar, Norrby will talk about Alfred Nobel and his family, the formation of the foundation and the different prizes. He also will discuss the secrecy and process of selection of the prizes, and what Nobel Prizes tell us about creative milieus.

The event is hosted by David Botstein, director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.

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