On Tuesday, researchers from the United States, Canada and France were awarded the physics prize for advances in laser technologies. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is to be announced Friday. No literature prize will be awarded this year.
Scientists from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in physics for revolutionizing the use of lasers in research, finding ways to make them deliver more powerful flashes of light and even to act like tiny tweezers.
It would be the first time since World War Two that the Academy has failed to award a Nobel Prize for Literature. There were no awards between 1940 and 1943 while the American novelist William Faulkner received his prize a year late in 1950.
Nadia Murad, a survivor of sexual violence by the Islamic State, and Dr Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their campaigns against the use of rape as a weapon of war.