female noble laureates

↓ Image Laureate ↓ Country ↓ Category ↓ Rationale ↓
1903 Curie, MarieMarie Curie
(shared with Pierre Curie)
France Physics “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel[8]
1905 von Suttner, BerthaBertha von Suttner Austria–Hungary Peace Honorary President of Permanent International Peace Bureau, Berne, Switzerland; Author of Lay Down Your Arms.[10]
1909 Lagerlöf, SelmaSelma Lagerlöf Sweden Literature “in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings”[11]
1911 Curie, MarieMarie Curie France Chemistry “for her discovery of radium and polonium[12]
1926 Deledda, GraziaGrazia Deledda Italy Literature “for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general”[13]
1928 Undset, SigridSigrid Undset Norway Literature “principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages”[14]
1931 Addams, JaneJane Addams
(shared with Nicholas Murray Butler)
United States Peace Sociologist; International President, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.[15]
1935 Joliot-Curie, IrèneIrène Joliot-Curie
(shared with Frédéric Joliot-Curie)
France Chemistry “for their synthesis of new radioactive elements”[16]
1938 Buck, Pearl S.Pearl S. Buck United States Literature “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces”[17]
1945 Mistral, GabrielaGabriela Mistral Chile Literature “for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world”[18]
1946 Balch, Emily GreeneEmily Greene Balch
(shared with John Raleigh Mott)
United States Peace Formerly Professor of History and Sociology; Honorary International President, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.[19]
1947 Cori, Gerty TheresaGerty Theresa Cori
(shared with Carl Ferdinand Cori)
United States Physiology or Medicine “for their discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen[20]
1963 Goeppert-Mayer, MariaMaria Goeppert-Mayer
(shared with J. Hans D. Jensen)
United States Physics “for their discoveries concerning nuclear shell structure”[21]
1964 Hodgkin, Dorothy CrowfootDorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin United Kingdom Chemistry “for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances”[22]
1966 Sachs, NellyNelly Sachs Sweden Literature “for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel’s destiny with touching strength”[23]
1976 Williams, BettyBetty Williams United Kingdom Peace Founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (later renamed Community of Peace People)[24]
1976 Corrigan, MaireadMairead Corrigan United Kingdom Peace Founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement (later renamed Community of Peace People)[24]
1977 Yalow, RosalynRosalyn Yalow United States Physiology or Medicine “for the development of radioimmunoassays of peptide hormones[25]
1979 Teresa, MotherMother Teresa India Peace Leader of Missionaries of Charity, Calcutta.[26]
1982 Myrdal, AlvaAlva Myrdal
(shared with Alfonso García Robles)
Sweden Peace Former Cabinet Minister; Diplomat; Writer.[27]
1983 McClintock, BarbaraBarbara McClintock United States Physiology or Medicine “for her discovery of mobile genetic elements[28]
1986 Levi-Montalcini, RitaRita Levi-Montalcini
(shared with Stanley Cohen)
United States
Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of growth factors[29]
1988 Elion, Gertrude B.Gertrude B. Elion
(shared with James W. Black and George H. Hitchings)
United States Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of important principles for drug treatment[30]
1991 Gordimer, NadineNadine Gordimer South Africa Literature “who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity”[31]
1991 Suu Kyi, Aung SanAung San Suu Kyi Burma Peace “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”[32]
1992 Menchú, RigobertaRigoberta Menchú Guatemala Peace “in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples”[33]
1993 Morrison, ToniToni Morrison United States Literature “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality”[34]
1995 Nüsslein-Volhard, ChristianeChristiane Nüsslein-Volhard
(shared with Edward B. Lewis and Eric F. Wieschaus)
Germany Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development[35]
1996 Szymborska, WisławaWisława Szymborska Poland Literature “for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality”[36]
1997 Williams, JodyJody Williams
(shared with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines)
United States Peace “for their work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines”[37]
2003 Ebadi, ShirinShirin Ebadi Iran Peace “for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children”[38]
2004 Jelinek, ElfriedeElfriede Jelinek Austria Literature “for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society’s clichés and their subjugating power”[39]
2004 Maathai, WangariWangari Maathai Kenya Peace “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”[40]
2004 Buck, Linda B.Linda B. Buck
(shared with Richard Axel)
United States Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system[41]
2007 Lessing, DorisDoris Lessing United Kingdom Literature “that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny”[42]
2008 Barré-Sinoussi, FrançoiseFrançoise Barré-Sinoussi
(shared with Harald zur Hausen and Luc Montagnier)
France Physiology or Medicine “for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus

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