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Who was the only Laureate to refuse the Nobel Prize ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Two Nobel Laureates have declined the Nobel Prize:

    The French writer Jean-Paul Sartre, awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature, declined the prize because he had consistently declined all official honours. He explained that his personal belief was that writers should not accept awards which could prejudice their artistic freedom.

    Le Duc Tho, awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. They were awarded the Prize for negotiating the Vietnam peace accord. Le Doc Tho said that he was not in a position to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, citing the situation in Vietnam as his reason.

    Four Laureates were forced by their countries to decline:

    Adolf Hitler forbade three German Nobel Laureates, Richard Kuhn, Adolf Butenandt and Gerhard Domagk, from accepting the Nobel Prize. All of them could later receive the Nobel Prize Diploma and Medal, but not the prize amount.

    Boris Pasternak, the 1958 Nobel Laureate in Literature, initially accepted the Nobel Prize but was later coerced by the authorities of the Soviet Union, his native country, to decline the Nobel Prize.

  • 1 decade ago

    The French writer Jean-Paul Sartre refused the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964, the only person ever to have done so. He explained that his personal belief was that writers should not accept awards which could prejudice their artistic freedom.

    Le Duc Tho also refused the Peace Prize in 1973

    4 others were obliged to decline by their governments, including Boris Pasternak (Literature Prize 1958)

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Jean Paul Sartre

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