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The Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prizes are among the most highly regarded of international prizes. Many students associate the Nobel Prizes with scientific discoveries. Rightly so, as there are awards for outstanding achievements in Physics, Chemistry and Physiology/ Medicine. In addition to these sciences there are also awards for Literature and Peace.

The prize money for these awards comes from the will of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist and entrepreneur who made a fortune from his invention of dynamite and other explosives.

Nobel lived from 1833 to 1896 and had specified that awards be made annually to those who “have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind”.

What a noble aim!

The first Prizes were awarded on 10 December 1901, the fifth anniversary of Nobel’s death. The sixth award, the Prize for Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel, was set up by the Bank of Sweden in 1968.

In 2001, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the first Nobel Prizes, Great Britain issued a special set of stamps. How do we know these stamps are from Great Britain when there is no mention of the country on the stamps?

Well, Great Britain is the country that pioneered the use of postage stamps and from the beginning did not put its name to the stamps. The tradition has continued to the present day.

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Tan Wee Kiat


Written by Ivan Chew

5 January, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Posted in Year 2003/ 2004

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  1. For stamps from Great Britain, there would usually be a symbol of the face of the reigning King or Queen on the stamp?


    6 January, 2008 at 9:01 am

  2. Hi! PY,
    You are right about British stamps having a symbol of Queen Elizabeth the Second instead of the country’s name.
    For Singapore stamps, the current practice is to include a symbol of the Singapore Lion. Since we are not so well-known (?), the word “Singapore” also appears on the stamp.

    tan wee kiat

    6 January, 2008 at 3:36 pm

  3. I have some old Hong Kong stamps that look just like the Great Britain stamps.

    Lam Chun See

    7 January, 2008 at 12:09 am

  4. Hi! Chun See,
    Thanks for visiting “retrievia”.
    The “old Hong Kong stamps” look like British stamps because HK was a British Colony until just 10 years ago.
    Singapore stamps also had pictures of British rulers (e.g., King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II).
    This practice ended in 1959 after Singapore gained self-government status.
    tan wee kiat

    tan wee kiat

    7 January, 2008 at 6:08 pm

  5. I remember stamps during the Straits Settlement have the King face (looking to the left). Followed by stamps during the Malaysa/Singapore and BMI stamped on it are with King face also (now facing right) – around 1948. Only after that, it’s the Queen’s face with the crown (Singapore/Malaya) – around 1955.


    8 January, 2008 at 4:20 pm

  6. Hi! Laokokok,
    Thanks for visiting this website. Your memory serves you well. Stamps of Queen Elizabeth the Second appeared after 1953 when she had her coronation.

    Is there a small typo error that in your note:
    >stamps during the Malaysa/Singapore and BMI<?
    Perhaps, “BMI” should be “BMA” which stands for the British Military Administration — the period when the British regained control of Singapore immediately after the Japanese Occupation.
    wee kiat
    Did you finally get the autographed “Manpowered Transport” book from Vickoo?

    tan wee kiat

    9 January, 2008 at 10:03 am

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