List of black 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] As of 2010 Nobel Prizes had been awarded to 881 individuals, [2] of whom only 12 were black recipients.

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Blacks have received awards in three of six award categories: eleven in Peace, three in Literature, and one in Economics. The first black recipient, American Ralph Bunche, was awarded the Peace Prize in 1950. The most recent as of 2018, Denis Mukwege, was awarded his Peace Prize in 2018.

Ralph Bunche American diplomat

Ralph Johnson Bunche was an American political scientist, academic, and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Israel. He was the first African American to be so honored. He was involved in the formation and administration of the United Nations. In 1963, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy.

Denis Mukwege Congolese gynecologist, Nobel laureate

Denis Mukwege is a Congolese gynecologist and Pentecostal pastor. He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels. He has treated thousands of women who were victims of rape since the Second Congo War, some of them more than once, performing up to ten operations a day during his 17-hour working days. According to The Globe and Mail, Mukwege is "likely the world's leading expert on repairing injuries of rape".

Two black laureates – Barack Obama and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – were presidents of their countries when they were awarded the prize. As of 2018, fifteen Nobel Prize laureates have been black.

Barack Obama 44th president of the United States

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberian politician and 24th president of Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa.

Laureates

YearImageLaureateCountryCategoryComment
1950 Ralph Bunche - 1963 March on Washington.jpg Ralph Bunche Flag of the United States.svg  United States Peace First black person to win a Nobel Prize [3]
1960 Albert Lutuli nobel.jpg Albert John Luthuli Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa Peace First black African to win a Nobel Prize
1964 Martin Luther King Jr NYWTS.jpg Martin Luther King, Jr Flag of the United States.svg  United States Peace Youngest African American to win a Nobel Prize
1979 W. Arthur Lewis Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia Economics First and (so far) only black person to win a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; first West Indian to win a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences [4]
1984 Archbishop-Tutu-medium.jpg Desmond Tutu Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa Peace
1986 Soyinka, Wole (1934).jpg Wole Soyinka Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Literature First black person to win the Nobel Prize for Literature [5]
1992 Derek Walcott.jpg Derek Walcott [6] Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia Literature
1993 Toni Morrison 2008-2.jpg Toni Morrison Flag of the United States.svg  United States Literature First black woman to win a Nobel Prize [7]
1993 Nelson Mandela.jpg Nelson Mandela Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa Peace
2001 Kofi Annan.jpg Kofi Annan Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Peace
2004 Wangari Maathai portrait by Martin Rowe.jpg Wangari Maathai Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Peace First black African woman to win a Nobel Prize and first and only environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize
2009 Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg Barack Obama Flag of the United States.svg  United States Peace
2011 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, April 2010.jpg Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia Peace
2011 Leymah-gbowee-at-emu-press-conference.jpg Leymah Gbowee Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia Peace
2018 Denis Mukwege par Claude Truong-Ngoc novembre 2014.jpg Denis Mukwege Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  Democratic Republic of the Congo Peace

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  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. Ralph Bunche, PBS.
  4. "Unsung Heroes". Time. 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  5. "Wole Soyinka Biography". Nobelprize.org.
  6. http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/poetry/walcott_derek.html#bio/biblio
  7. Grimes, William (1983-10-08). "Toni Morrison Is '93 Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-08.