The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics went for climate modeling

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics has already become legendary. It’s the first time when climate studies were mentioned in the Physics section of the Prize, which makes us all witnesses of a unique event, that we’ve been waiting for years.

In Windy.app, we keep a close eye on every Nobel Prize Ceremony, so we decided it is time for us to explain what the Nobel Prize actually is and to mention the most noticeable inventions and ideas in Physics that were acknowledged since 1901 when the award was given for the first time.


The Nobel Prize in Physics is one of six nominations or parts of the Nobel Prize, a significant prize that is awarded to people “who during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind” in different fields.

The founder of the Prize was a man named Alfred Nobel, a Swedish scientist, who is famous for inventing dynamite. On November 27, 1895, he signed his testament thus giving most of his fortune made during the life to prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace, initiating the annual tradition of acknowledging the ideas and inventions most valuable to humanity. Later on, in 1968, a prize in Economic sciences was also added to the list.

Once again, there are six nominations (parts) and Physics is one of the most important among them.

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Text: Ilya Ponomarev, a linguist and translator from Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia. Editor and contributor: Ivan Kuznetsov

Cover photo: Stockholm subway station, Linus Mimietz / Unsplash

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