By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 21, 2021) – In Issue 2021-204 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, it’s about  the birth of coveted prize.


Happy birthday to Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, born on this day in 1833.

In 1867, Nobel patented the nitroglycerin compound known as dynamite, which was intended for industrial purposes, and several other more stable explosive compounds.

When people blamed him for lives lost because of military uses of dynamite, he decided to leave a legacy that would better the world and redeem his name. 

Nobel left 94% of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes to honor achievements in physical science, chemistry and medicine; an outstanding literary work; and a person who has rendered service toward reducing standing armies and promoting international peace.

The Nobel Prizes were first awarded in 1901.  Currently recipients are awarded a gold medal, a diploma, and 10 million Swedish krona (approximately $1,145,000 in US currency).

This map of Sweden and Norway was created by Teesdale two years prior to Nobel’s birth.

Map of Sweden and Norway – 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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