Peter Handke “astonished” and “moved” by Nobel literature prize | AFP

Nobel literature laureate Peter Handke says he’s “astonished” at being picked for the 2019 award. He tells reporters at his home outside Paris that “I need to carry on as if none of this had happened.”

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Chemist John Goodenough reacts to receiving Nobel prize | AFP

97 year-old John Goodenough, who has been co-awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry, says it’s ‘very nice to receive’ such recognition. Of his role in inventing the lithium-ion batteries that power modern mobile devices he says ‘the lawyers always end up with the money’, and on a more serious note he warns that humanity must wean itself off fossil fuels.

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Oldest Nobel winner says he’s not retiring

The oldest person to ever receive a Nobel Prize, John B. Goodenough, said Wednesday he’s not going into retirement and still has work to do. (Oct. 9)

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‘Big Bang Theory’ gets shout out to Nobel Prize announcement

Life has once again imitated art now that the popular American sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” has entered the annals of Nobel Prize history. The announcement of the winners of this year’s Nobel in physics began Tuesday with a nod to an unlikely cultural reference: the opening lyrics to the show’s theme song. “The Big Bang Theory” had its finale in May. In the episode, two of the main characters, Sheldon and Amy, win the physics prize. (Oct. 8)

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James Peebles shares Nobel in physics

Canadian-born James Peebles, 84, an emeritus professor at Princeton University shares this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics along with two Swiss scientists. (Oct. 8)

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Harvard’s Dr William Kaelin Jr discusses Nobel win

A Massachusetts researcher says he had ” an out-of-body type of experience” when he got a predawn call informing him that he was one of three scientist won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. (Oct. 7)

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Toni Morrison, ‘one of the most important American writers’ of the 20th century | AFP

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, a professor of history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, describes novelist Toni Morrison as “one of the most important American writers” of the last century. Shaw says Morisson’s work was “deeply impactful” for American culture and “black writers and artists” in general. Admirers who came to look at the portrait of the Nobel laureate at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington pay tribute to her “really powerful” work.

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