From ARCADE Issue 31.4Part of a series of posts sharing infographics and data visualizations highlighted the issue feature, "Designing Data." Subscribe to receive ARCADE in print.

Infographic showing Nobel Prizes and laureates

In contrast to the scientific data visualizations featured previously ("Understanding Malaria," UNAIDS Treemaps, and "OMG SPACE"), this journalistic visualization is targeted to the general public; it originally appeared in La Lettura, the cultural supplement of the Milanese newspaper Corriere della Sera. The visualization is a collaborative effort between specialists—the founders of Accurat have degrees in economics, design, sociology and architecture.—ARCADE

"Nobel Prizes and Laureates, 1901–2012"

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Design and production: Accurat (Giorgia Lupi, Gabriele Rossi and Simone Quadri, with Davide Ciuffi, Federica Fragapane and Francesco Majno).

This information graphic was originally published in La Lettura in Corriere della Sera.


This densely layered information graphic combines the age, gender, education and birth city of Nobel Prize laureates from 1901 to 2012. Laureates are organized into six categories: Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Literature, Medicine and Peace. Each dot represents a single laureate; the x-axis shows the year the prize was awarded, and the y-axis shows the individual’s age at the time of the award.

nobel prize infographic prize areas

Nobel Prize infographic key

The visualization reveals several insights. The average age ranges from 57–66. Men dominate all categories, although women have more representation in Peace and Literature. Except in the area of Literature, the laureates most often hold a doctoral degree— and this degree is awarded most often by seven universities: Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Caltech, Columbia, Cambridge and Berkeley. In the first half of the century, Nobel laureates were most often born in Paris; after 1950, New York dominates.

Nobel prize infographic schools detail

Nobel prize infographic laureate hometowns