Why is there no Nobel Prize in Mathematics?

Six Nobel Prizes are awarded each year in literature, physics, chemistry, peace, economics, and physiology & medicine. If you’ve noticed award in Mathematics is absent from this list. This even I came to know recently and wanted to know why Maths is not included, so after searching I got this result, and the result is so funny (?)

Nobel prizes were created by the will of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist.

One of the most unfounded reasons as to why Nobel decided against a Nobel Prize in math is that a woman he loved rejected him because of (or cheated him with) a famous mathematician.

Gosta Mittag-Leffler is often claimed to be the guilty party.

There is no historical evidence to support the story.


But one thing is all known that Mr. Nobel was never married.

One more thing a chief purpose for creating the Nobel Foundation was to honor people who do something practical to help humanity.

And Mathematics was not considered a practical science from which humanity could benefit.

Further, at the time there existed already a well known Scandinavian prize for mathematicians. If Nobel knew about this prize he may have felt less compelled to add a competing prize for mathematicians in his will.

I guess you didn’t know this………………..

One Response to “Why is there no Nobel Prize in Mathematics?”

  1. Isaac David Reyes González Says:

    And also the Nobel Prize in economics is very linked with the mathematics one. Well, it is just a part of applied mathematics, for example we have the well know case of John Nash, and not all the mathematics can be used in economy. All in all, it doesn’t really matter, because the Nobel Prizes are still one of the most beneficial rewards, and there are other important prizes for more knowledge, humanism, art and sports fields.

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