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Sounds - Nobel Laureates

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Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

Literature 2005: find out more from Nobel Museum.
Listen   On winning the Nobel Prize: date of recording 20.10.2005.
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Harold Pinter was born in the London borough of Hackney. Initially an actor, his breakthrough as a dramatist came with The Caretaker (1959), followed by The Homecoming (1964). Pinter is perhaps the most significant figure in British drama in the second half of the 20th century. His theatre is pared down to its basic elements: an enclosed space and unpredictable dialogue, where people are at the mercy of each other. Since 1973, Pinter has won recognition as a fighter for human rights. Recorded before a live audience at the Royal Court Theatre.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Literature 1923: find out more from Nobel Museum.
Listen  The Lake Isle of Innisfree: date of broadcast 10.04.1932.

Born in Dublin and brought up in Sligo and London, Yeats was one of those writers (along with J.M. Synge and Sean O'Casey) responsible for the establishment of the literary movement known as the ‘Celtic Revival’. W.B. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. In the 1930s he made a handful of BBC broadcasts, in which he reads a small number of his poems and talks generally on the subjects of rhythm and modern poetry.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Physics 1921: find out more from Nobel Museum.
Listen  The post-war world [extract]: date of broadcast 10.12.1945.

This speech was broadcast on the day of the presentation of the annual Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded in 1945 to Wolfgang Pauli for his work on the development of atomic theory. Einstein takes the opportunity to link the achievements of Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, with the scientists who participated in the invention of the atomic bomb, first deployed at Hiroshima, Japan, in August earlier that year.

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