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The Nobel Prize award ceremony

Published torsdag 10 december 2015 kl 19.10
"We're very proud of him and thrilled to be here"
(0:25 min)
Medicine Prize winner Tu Youyou in Stockholms. Photo: Marcus Ericsson /TT
Medicine Prize winner Tu Youyou in Stockholms. Photo: Marcus Ericsson /TT

There was tight security amid the pomp and grandeur as the 2015 Nobel Laureates received their medals from the Swedish king in Stockholm.

The 10 laureates received their Nobel diplomas and gold medals from King Carl XVI Gustaf, in a ceremony mixed with classical music and presentations by the prize-awarding institutions.

China's Tu Youyou, William Campbell of the US and Satoshi Omura of Japan received the medicine prize for unlocking revolutionary treatments for malaria and roundworm, helping to roll back two parasitic diseases that blight millions of lives.

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada were awarded the physics prize for determining that neutrinos have mass, a key piece of the puzzle in understanding the cosmos.

The chemistry prize was presented to Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich of the US and Aziz Sancar, a Turkish-American, for work on how cells repair damaged DNA.

Belarussian writer and dissident Svetlana Alexievich was given the literature prize for her work chronicling the horrors of war and life under the repressive Soviet regime.

The longest applause at the Stockholm Concert Hall was given to the two female laureates, medicine laureate Tu Youyou, and literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich.

The Nobel Laureates' friends and families were in the audience to watch the ceremony, led by King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Robert Campbell, brother of William, who shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine, was delighted to be in the audience to watch his brother receive his medal.

"We're very proud of him. The families all very proud and thrilled to be here. It's a lovely city and we are really enjoying ourselves," he tells Radio Sweden. 

Police in Sweden increased the already tight security surrounding the event since the Paris attacks.

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