Since 1901, 896 figureheads and 27 organisations have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace through a special awards system. The awards were established after a famed inventor died in 1896 and left money in his will to be used for “prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind”. Despite initial opposition from his family members and the prizewinners he named in his will, the now prestigious awards were set up five years later.
The awards ceremony has taken place on 10 December every year since 1901, apart from the years during the two world wars. The glittering event is attended by 1,300 people, including political leaders and royalty. The queen of the host country famously wears spectacular, colourful gowns to dilute the monotone suits of the male-dominated event. There have now been a total of 585 prizes across the categories. As of this year each prize is worth nearly one million euros.
Since its inauguration in 1926, the blue building pictured above is where the prizes (apart from the peace category) are awarded. The building is usually host to world-class classical music concerts. The exterior is the site of sculptor Carl Milles' 1936 bronze fountain, the Orfeus-brunnen.
If you know the name of the building and the city it is in, as well as what is held there on December 10 every year, you could win a prize. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and put 'Where in the world?' as the subject. Please also include your address and telephone number so we can get your prize to you.
Congratulations to Alexander van Assendelft who had the correct answer for last month's competition. He correctly identified the clock tower as the one in Musée d' Orsay in Paris, France, where they recently celebrated Armistice Day. Your prize will be with you shortly.