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    From Rabindranath Tagore to Kailash Satyarthi, when burglars aimed for the Nobel

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    In 2016 a baul singer was arrested for stealing Tagore's Nobel medal and citations.

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    Rabindranath Tagore (left) and Kailash Satyarthi (right)
    Recently, burglars stole Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Peace Prize replica and other memorabilia. While the accused were arrested, this isn’t the first time the prestigious award has been touched by controversy.

    Rabindranath Tagore

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    Rabindranath Tagore.

    Tagore's 1913 Nobel Prize medal, certificate and personal possessions were stolen from Visva Bharati University's museum in Shantiniketan in March 2004. The case was closed after a few years due to lack of progress, but was reopened towards the end of 2016 when a baul singer was arrested in connection with the theft. The case is yet to be resolved.

    James Watson

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    American scientist James Watson received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contribution “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material“. However, Watson had to sell his medal in 2014 to raise money for research. Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov bought the medal for $4.1 million, but returned it and donated the money towards research.

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    A replica of Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Peace Prize replica was recently stolen in the city.

    Albert Einstein

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    In 1919, Albert Einstein's troubled marriage to his first wife Mileva Maric dissolved. As a part of the settlement, the theoretical physicist is said to have left the entire sum of his Nobel Prize money to Maric and their two sons. Some attributed this as Einstein's acknowledgement of Maric's contribution to his work.

    Madame Marie Curie
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    Madame Marie Curie won her first Nobel Prize for her contribution to physics, along with her husband Pierre Curie, in 1903. In 1906, Pierre passed away, and a few years later, Madame Curie took a married lover. Around this time, it was announced that she was to receive a second Nobel Prize (1911), this time for Chemistry for her pioneering work for the isolation of pure ra dium. Madame Curie was widely discouraged from going to Stockholm to receive her prize. Defiant, she attended the ceremony without incident.

    Boris Pasternak

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    The Communist Party of Soviet Union was enraged that Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1958, shortly after the publication of his anti-socialist Doctor Zhivago.He was threatened with denial of entry back into Soviet Union if he travelled to Stockholm for the acceptance. A broken Pasternak wrote to the Nobel Foundation stating, “Considering the meaning this award has been given in the society to which I belong, I must refuse it.Please do not take offense at my voluntary rejection.“ The Foundation said his refusal did not alter the validity of the award and presented it to his son in December 1989.

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    Saranathan Lakshminarasimhan1389 days ago
    this is shame
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