List of Korean Nobel laureates

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This is a list of Nobel laureates who are either of Korean descent or were born in Korea.


Korean citizens

The following are the Nobel laureates who were Korean citizens at the time they were awarded the Nobel Prize.

Year Laureate Category Life Rationale
2000 Kim Dae-jung (Cropped).png Kim Dae-jung Peace 1925–2009 "for his work for democracy and human rights in South Korea and in East Asia in general, and for peace and reconciliation with North Korea in particular."[1][2]

Non-Korean Laureates born in Korea

The laureates below were born in Korea but are not Korean.

Year Name Field Year of birth Place of birth Affiliation at the time of the award
1987 Charles J. Pedersen Chemistry 1904 Busan, Korea (now South Korea) Du Pont,  United States[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "Kim Dae-jung – Facts". Nobel Foundation.
  2. ^ Danielle L. Chubb (21 January 2014). Contentious Activism and Inter-Korean Relations. Columbia University Press. pp. 236–. ISBN 978-0-231-53632-5. Kim Dae Jung won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his efforts at bringing about the ...
  3. ^ "Charles J. Pedersen – Facts". Nobel Foundation.
  4. ^ "Nobel Laureates and Country of Birth".
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