The Nobel Peace Prize was a dream of Alfred Nobel and when he died he left much of his fortune to ensure that this prize was created. In 1901 his vision became a reality and the first prize was awarded. The Nobel Prize has been awarded to many distinguished people since then and it is still one of the highest honors of its kind.
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for physics, physiology, literature, medicine, and chemistry. Every year the Norwegian Nobel Committee accepts nominations for the Nobel Prize. There are usually several nominees from many different backgrounds all over the world. In 2009 there were over 200 nominations and just being nominated is a very distinguished achievement.
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on December 10th of each year and this is the anniversary of the death of Alfred Noble. The award is presented by the chairman of the committee in the presence of the King of Norway. There is a Nobel Prize Concert after every ceremony and this concert is broadcast in over 450 million homes. This brings out the biggest stars for a great event each year.
Winning the Nobel Peace Prize is often viewed as the most coveted award to be received in a lifetime. There is a lot of honor and respect associated with this prize and this can affect the entire life of the winner. Al Gore and President Obama are among a couple of the many that have won the prize for their commitment to humanity.