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About Nobel Prize
    The Nobel Prize is an international award given yearly since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and for peace. In 1968, the Bank of Sweden instituted the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize.

    The Prize Winners are announced in October every year. They receive their awards (a prize amount, a gold medal and a diploma) on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death.
    Alfred Nobel was born in 1833 in Stockholm, Sweden. His family was descended from Olof Rudbeck, the best-known technical genius of Sweden's 17th century era as a great power in northern Europe.

    Nobel invented dynamite in 1866 and later built up companies and laboratories in more than 20 countries all over the world.

    On November 27, 1895, Nobel signed his last will providing for the establishment of the Nobel Prize. He died of cerebral haemorrhage in his home in San Remo, Italy on December 10, 1896.
    Alfred died in San Remo, Italy on December 10, 1896. In his last will and testament, he wrote that much of his fortune was to be used to give prizes to those who have done their best for humanity in the field of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.

    In 1901, the first Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and Literature were first awarded in Stockholm, Sweden and the Peace Prize in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway.
    The first Prize Award Ceremony in 1901 at the Old Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.
 
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John Ross Grace

 

John Grace was born and raised in London, Canada.  He completed undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Western Ontario in 1965 and a Ph.D. degree at Cambridge University in 1968.  From 1968-79 he was a faculty member at McGill University in Montreal where he co-authored the book Bubbles, Drops and Particles and established a world-class research group on fluidization and multiphase systems.  He then moved to the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he served as department head (1979-87) and Dean of Graduate Studies (1990-96).   He has over 400 publications, including six books, mostly on fluidization, fluid-particle systems and environmentally-friendly energy processes. He has supervised more than 80 graduate students and many postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.  His work covers many topics, both fundamental and applied, including hydrodynamics, heat and mass transfer, reactor modeling, scale-up, combustion, gasification, steam reforming, three-phase fluidization, spouted beds and removal of particulates from gases. 

Dr. Grace has served as a consultant for many companies.  He has chaired international conferences and served on many committees and editorial boards.  In addition to being a Professor, he holds a Canada Research Chair, is Director of the UBC Fluidization Research Centre and Chair of the Board of Directors of Membrane Reactor Technologies., a small company established to commercialize a novel hydrogen production process developed by his group.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineering Institute of Canada, and Chemical Institute of Canada. He won the R.S. Jane Award, the major chemical engineering award in Canada, and various other research and teaching awards.  He served as Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada and President of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.  He has a close relationship with China, most recently visiting in January 2007 as an Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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