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Nobels - Nobel Laureates photographed

by Peter Badge

A Project of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings


The portraits of the Nobel Laureates used throughout this website are part of a project set up by the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and supported by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH. Since the year 2000, Peter Badge has been taking photographs of all the personalities who have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The product is a kaleidoscope of impressive people who, over and beyond their expertise in data and information, stand for a constant striving for excellence. The encouragement of such excellence in subsequent generations of scientists marks the spirit of the Nobel Laureate Meetings on Lake Constance, where many of the portraits were taken.


The first volume with the title "Nobelpreisträger = Nobel Laureates // fotografiert von Peter Badge" was published in 2001 and featured 69 Laureate portraits. Following the first addition of new portraits in 2004, "Nobel Faces – A Gallery of Nobel Prize Winners" was published by Wiley-VCH Verlag (Weinheim) in 2007. This edition contains 295 impressive black-and-white portraits of Nobel Laureates from the disciplines of physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry. It also includes portraits of holders of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as of winners of the Prize in Economic Sciences, awarded by the Bank of Sweden in memory of Alfred Nobel. A coffee table book was published in August 2008.


NOBELS includes some of the most storied names in recent history, including Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez. It also features the likes of: 


John Nash, who won the prize for Economics in 1994. He was photographed while seated on a floral-print couch, hands clasped, staring soulfully into the camera. His accompanying biography explains his West Virginia upbringing, his rise into the most demanding academic institutions in the U.S., and his descent into schizophrenia which nearly destroyed his personal and professional life. He ultimately triumphed over his illness.

(See portrait and CV in "Nobels" as PDF)


Hans G. Dehmelt, pictured bare-chested in a jaunty hat with a gleeful smile, who won the award for Physics in 1989 for his discovery of the ‘ion trap technique, which made it possible to study a single electron or ion. Born in Germany, he fought in World War II and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He later emigrated to the United States and became a professor at the University of Washington.

(See portrait and CV in "Nobels" as PDF)


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, of Russia, who died on August 3, 2008. He won the award in Literature in 1970. Born in 1918, he survived war, the gulag and exile, writing in secret until 1961 when he sent his first novel to a literary journal. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich became a hit in Russia and abroad. Solzhenitsyn produced numerous othe works, and suffered further indignities under the Russian government, a tale told both in the text and in the photograph that highlights his long face and somber eyes.

(See portrait and CV in "Nobels" as PDF)


Peter Badge brings more than 300 stories like these to life with his photographs—each one different from those that came before it-- and Chris Richmond explains each Laureate’s amazing success. No longer are the tales of a year’s most influential scientists, thinkers and writers hidden away, for only the history buff to find.


Nobels - Nobel Laureates photographed by Peter Badge (website of Wiley-VCH)

Wiley-VCH Verlag

ISBN 978-3-527-40816-0

The Photographer: Peter Badge


Peter Badge was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1974, and began his career in photography as a freelance artist in 1993. Choosing portraiture as his main focus, Badge concentrated on noted personalities such as artists and actors, musicians and photographers, and in his latest work on "Icons of the Economy" and "Philanthropists". He embarked on a series of photographs of Nobel Laureates in 2000, commissioned by a number of renowned organization like Deutsches Museum, Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. as well as his partners, the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. This project turned out to be a long-term, ongoing mission which has taken him all over the world in order to capture an image of every living Nobel Laureate.


The discovery of the fundamental particle that is believed to be the key to the standard model of physics was the dominant topic discussed by all particle physicists participating in the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Euphoric assessments prevailed.
Alexander Bastidas Fry, PhD astronomy graduate student at the University of Washington