The Nobel Prizes: Americans keep winning.



Since the first Nobels were awarded in 1901, the US has racked up 400 medals, followed by the United Kingdom with 138 and Germany with 111 — these figures include people affiliated with multiple countries.

“I’m really appreciative of the opportunities that have been given to me in this country,” Ardem Patapoutian, co-winner of the 2021 Nobel Medicine prize for his work on the nerve receptors related to touch, said of the United States at a press conference after his win. 

The Armenian-American, who grew up in Lebanon, credited his success to the public-funded University of California system, where he received his bachelors and did his post-doc, as well as the Scripps Research Institute where he has been based for two decades.

The University of California is also home to his co-winner David Julius, of UC San Francisco. In all, UC staff and faculty have won 70 Nobels — one shy of the total won by France, the fourth-leading country.


This is a list of Nobel Prize laureates by country. Listings for Economics refer to the related Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.


CountryNumber of Nobel laureates (Number of Nobel Prizes)
United States397 (399)
United Kingdom136 (137)
France70 (71)


How many Nobel prizes has Japan won?

Since 1949, there have been twenty-nine Japanese winners of the Nobel Prize. The Nobel Prize is a Sweden-based international monetary prize. The award was established by the 1895 will and estate of Swedish chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel.


What about China, Taiwan and Chinese all over the world?

China has won 2
Taiwan has won 4
Chinese diaspora has won 6


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