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Subject: History

The Biographies Series: History

9 of 51 programs from The Biographies Series, which offer in-depth and personal studies of celebrated people in History. Other focus areas in the series include: Literature; Performing Arts; Photography; Click for more

Who Was Alfred Nobel?

Nobel?, Alfred (Who Was)

"Highly Recommended. In addition to relating the facts of Nobel’s life, this program explains the science behind dynamite as well as dynamite’s impact on history. Period illustrations are used effectively and the narration is well organized." -EMRO Review
The Nobel Prize is regarded as the most prestigious prize in the world. As stipulated in Alfred Nobel's will, Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Economics are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway. Since 1901, the Prizes have been presented yearly to the Laureates at ceremonies on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. But who was Alfred Nobel? This documentary examines the life of the Swedish-born inventor, international industrialist, and philanthropist. Alfred was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1833. His father, Immanuel, was a pioneer in arms' manufacturing and in designing steam engines who gave his children a first-class education. By age 17, Alfred was fluent in 5 languages and had a love of literature; however, his father had more industrial thoughts for his son and sent him to train in chemical engineering throughout Europe and the U.S. In Paris, he worked with chemists T.J. Pelouze and Ascanio Sobrero. In America, he worked with engineer John Ericsson. Also, Countess Bertha Kinsky, who wrote Lay Down Your Arms, worked with Nobel for a few years and had a profound influence on him. In 1867, Nobel patented dynamite and blasting caps, which brought him considerable wealth, and by the time of his death in 1896 he had 355 patents. Today, many companies founded by Nobel still play a prominent role in the world economy. Produced by InterFilm. 05/10DE JSCA 30 min.

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