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Alfred Nobel

Birthdate: 21. October 1833
Date of death: 10. December 1896

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist.

Known for inventing dynamite, Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. Nobel held 355 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. After reading a premature obituary which condemned him for profiting from the sales of arms, he bequeathed his fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him. His name also survives in modern-day companies such as Dynamit Nobel and AkzoNobel, which are descendants of mergers with companies Nobel himself established.

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„I would not leave anything to a man of action as he would be tempted to give up work; on the other hand, I would like to help dreamers as they find it difficult to get on in life.“

—  Alfred Nobel

As quoted in Nobel, Dynamite and Peace (1929) by Ragnar Sohlman and Henrik Schück, as translated by Brian Lunn and Beatrix Lunn, p. 249; also quoted by Lester B. Pearson in his address on accepting the Nobel Peace Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway (10 December 1957) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1957/pearson-acceptance.html.

„Home is where I work and I work everywhere.“

—  Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel, "Aphorisms by Alfred Nobel". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. http://www.nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/biographical/aphorisms.html

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„If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.“

—  Alfred Nobel

As quoted in The 12 best Questions To Ask Customers (2001), by Jim Meisenheimer, p. 26.

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