On December 10, 2010, on the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, the 109th Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony will take place in Stockholm, Sweden. As the continuing legacy of its benefactor, the prizes that are a mix of pomp and intellectuality will honor those great men and women of science, literature, economics, and peace. So, for those interested in viewing the spectacle of the Nobel Prizes, there are a number of options.
The Nobel Prize Website
Found at http://nobelprize.org, web enthusiasts will be able to view streaming live video of the awards ceremony via Internet connections on your computer. By early December, the Nobel Foundation will announce the schedule for the various laureates. Anyone interested in viewing the winners, their speeches or the banquet that follows need only log in and watch HD quality presentations.
Smartphone or Bust.
It’s not ironic that one of the top scientific prizes in the world can be viewed on one of the most innovative technological products in the world. For those people who own smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy series or the iPhone, the Nobel Prize ceremony is only a LCD screen away. Just as one would view news, soaps or videos, a savvy smartphone user need only to surf the web and watch the Nobel ceremony from their mobile device.
YouTube to the Rescue
If you are looking for Internet alternatives to the Nobel Foundation’s official web page, there are other options for viewing the historical Nobel Prizes. The popular video site, YouTube Channel, will be providing videos and live streaming as well. The Nobel Foundation created its own YouTube channel in 2007 and aired the Nobel gala last year. The channel found at http://www.youtube.com/user/thenobelprize already offers information about the prior winners and a question and answer series called, “Ask the Nobel Laureate.” Come December, the channel will offer the HD presentation of the Awards ceremony.
Prizes of Laurettes Past
While watching the live ceremony will be exciting for many, the various Internet resources found at the Nobel Foundation site and YouTube also offer archival footage of past Nobel Prize recipients and their lectures. Also, the “Ask the Laureate” series is accepting its call for questions before its September deadline.
The Nobel Prize is one of the most coveted international awards. For any scientist, economic, writer or advocate for peace, it is an honor simply to be considered. In December given our modern age of technology, anyone around the world can now witness history being made in Stockholm.