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.

Korea Region in East Asia

Korea is a region in East Asia. Since 1948, it has been divided between two distinct sovereign states: North Korea and South Korea. Korea consists of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island, and several minor islands near the peninsula. Korea is bordered by China to the northwest, Russia to the northeast, and neighbours Japan to the east by the Korea Strait and the Sea of Japan.



Korean citizens

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

2000 Kim Dae-jung (Cropped).png Kim Dae-jung Peace1925–2009"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.

YearNameFieldYear of birthPlace of birthAffiliation at the time of the award
1987 Charles J. Pedersen Chemistry1904 Busan, Korea (now South Korea) Du Pont, Flag of the United States.svg  United States [3] [4]

See also

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