Oldest Nobel Prize Winners

Recently when we published the list of youngest Nobel Prize winners, it became pertinent to compile a list of oldest winners as well! Again the Dashamlav Knowledge Base came handy and we quickly found the data. Nobel Prize, as you know, is arguably the world’s most prestigious and biggest prize. It is awarded to the most exceptional work done in the fields of sciences, economics, peace and literature. In the history of more than hundred years this prize has been awarded only to less than 1000 laureates. The oldest Nobel laureate is John B. Goodenough, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2019 at the age of 97 years!

Oldest Nobel Prize Winners

As Nobel Prize is given only after the work of a lifetime, it is not surprising that as many as 48 laureates received it after the age of 80 years. Here’s the full list of Nobel Prize winners who won the prize after the age of 80 years.

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Oldest Nobel Prize Winners
Age at the time of win Winner Year Prize Category
97 years John B. Goodenough 2019 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
90 years Leonid Hurwicz 2007 The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
89 years Lloyd S. Shapley 2012 The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
88 years Roger Penrose 2020 The Nobel Prize in Physics
88 years Raymond Davis Jr. 2002 The Nobel Prize in Physics
88 years Doris Lessing 2007 The Nobel Prize in Literature
87 years Vitaly L. Ginzburg 2003 The Nobel Prize in Physics
87 years Yoichiro Nambu 2008 The Nobel Prize in Physics
87 years Peyton Rous 1966 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
87 years Karl von Frisch 1973 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
87 years Joseph Rotblat 1995 The Nobel Peace Prize
86 years Ferdinand Buisson 1927 The Nobel Peace Prize
85 years Willard S. Boyle 2009 The Nobel Prize in Physics
85 years Isamu Akasaki 2014 The Nobel Prize in Physics
85 years Rainer Weiss 2017 The Nobel Prize in Physics
85 years John B. Fenn 2002 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
85 years Robert G. Edwards 2010 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
85 years William C. Campbell 2015 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
85 years Youyou Tu 2015 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
85 years Theodor Mommsen 1902 The Nobel Prize in Literature
84 years Harvey J. Alter 2020 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
84 years Pyotr Kapitsa 1978 The Nobel Prize in Physics
84 years Peter Higgs 2013 The Nobel Prize in Physics
84 years William Knowles 2001 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
84 years Thomas C. Schelling 2005 The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
83 years Charles J. Pedersen 1987 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
83 years Martin Karplus 2013 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
83 years George H. Hitchings 1988 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
83 years Jaroslav Seifert 1984 The Nobel Prize in Literature
82 years Robert B. Wilson 2020 The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
82 years David J. Thouless 2016 The Nobel Prize in Physics
82 years Georg Wittig 1979 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
82 years Robert F. Furchgott 1998 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
82 years Oliver Smithies 2007 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
82 years Alice Munro 2013 The Nobel Prize in Literature
82 years William Vickrey 1996 The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
81 years François Englert 2013 The Nobel Prize in Physics
81 years Barry C. Barish 2017 The Nobel Prize in Physics
81 years Barbara McClintock 1983 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
81 years John R. Mott 1946 The Nobel Peace Prize
81 years René Cassin 1968 The Nobel Peace Prize
81 years Ronald H. Coase 1991 The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
80 years Roy J. Glauber 2005 The Nobel Prize in Physics
80 years Osamu Shimomura 2008 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
80 years Akira Suzuki 2010 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
80 years Satoshi Ōmura 2015 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
80 years Paul Heyse 1910 The Nobel Prize in Literature
80 years Tomas Tranströmer 2011 The Nobel Prize in Literature
80 years Auguste Beernaert 1909 The Nobel Peace Prize
80 years Alva Myrdal 1982 The Nobel Peace Prize
80 years Ernst Ruska 1986 The Nobel Prize in Physics
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