The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C Barish and Kip S Thorne for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.
Three American scientists won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017 for unravelling secrets of how the body's internal clock or circadian rhythm works -- a discovery that will help doctors understand the mechanism behind sleep patterns, hormone release, blood pressure and body temperature. They are: Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 was awarded to acclaimed Japanese-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro for his novels of great emotional force in which he has uncovered the abyss beneath the illusory sense of connection with the world.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to the Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The award had been made in recognition of the group's work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.
The Nobel Prize in Economics 2017 was awarded to the US economist Richard Thaler for his contributions in the field of behavioural economics.