List of Arab Nobel laureates

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The Nobel Prize is an annual, international prize first awarded in 1901 for achievements in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. An associated prize in Economics has been awarded since 1969.[1] Nobel Prizes have been awarded to over 800 individuals.[2]

People from the Arab countries have been the recipients in three of six award categories: Peace, Chemistry and Literature. The first Arab recipient, Anwar Sadat, was awarded the Peace Prize in 1978. The most recent recipient Tawakkol Karman was awarded to Peace prizes in 2011. One Arab laureate —Anwar Sadat – was president of his country when he was awarded the prize.


Arab World

Year Image Laureate Country Category Comment
1978 Anwar Sadat cropped.jpg Anwar El Sadat  Egypt Peace First Egyptian Arab to win a Nobel Prize in Peace
1988 Necip Mahfuz.jpg Naguib Mahfouz  Egypt Literature First Egyptian Arab to win a Nobel Prize in Literature
1994 ArafatEconomicForum.jpg Yasser Arafat  State of Palestine Peace first Palestinian Arab in Nobel laureate in Peace
1999 Ahmed Zewail.jpg Ahmed Zewail  Egypt Chemistry First Egyptian Arab to win a Nobel Prize in Science
2005 Mohamed ElBaradei.jpg Mohamed ElBaradei  Egypt Peace Second Egyptian Arab to win a Nobel Prize in Peace
2011 Tawakkul Karman (2011).jpg Tawakkul Karman  Yemen Peace First Arab Muslim Women Nobel laureate in Peace
2015 Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet  Tunisia Peace First Tunisian Nobel Prize


Year Image Laureate Country Category Comment
1960 Peter Brian Medawar.jpg Peter Medawar  United Kingdom Medicine First half Lebanese to win a Nobel Prize in Medicine, He was From Christian Lebanese descent[3]
1990 E.J.Coreyx240.jpg Elias James Corey  United States Chemistry First Christian Lebanese descent in Nobel laureate in Chemistry[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Nobel Prize" (2007), in Encyclopædia Britannica, accessed 14 November 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online:

    An additional award, the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, was established in 1968 by the Bank of Sweden and was first awarded in 1969

  2. ^ "All Nobel Laureates". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  3. ^ "Sir Peter Medawar". New Scientist. 12 April 1984. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  4. ^ Elias James Corey – Autobiography
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