Guide to the Nobel Voices Video History Project
NMAH.AC.0771

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 2001

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction. Copies of releases on file. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History note

The collection was created by the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation from 2000 to 2001 in conjunction with the Deutsches Museum in Germany. The principal investigator was Neil Hollander.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was transferred from the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, May 18, 2001.

Processing Information note

Processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, August 2001.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Title
Nobel Voices Video History Project
ID
NMAH.AC.0771
Date [inclusive]
2000-2001
Extent
3.00 Cubic feet; 20 boxes and includes digital, BetaCam SP, 1/2” VHS, cassette audio tapes, and transcripts
Language
English
Language of Materials note
Some materials in German and Spanish.
Abstract
Thirty-three videotaped interviews of Nobel Prize laureates, conducted in Lindau, Germany, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere in the United States. The interviews form the core of the Nobel Voices Video History Project and the exhibition "Nobel Voices." Documents and preserves examples of the quest for innovation and its important messages for future generations.

Preferred Citation note

Nobel Voices Oral History Project, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

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Biographical/Historical note

The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution and the Deutsches Museum collaborated in June 2000 to conduct video interviews with thirty-three Nobel Laureates. Interviews were conducted in Lindau, Germany, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere in the United States. The video documentation subsequently formed the core of the Nobel Voices Video History Project and the exhibition Nobel Voices: Celebrating 100 Years of the Nobel Prize. The interviewees were asked about their motivations, visions for the future, and opinions on the nature of creativity and innovation. In the interviews, the laureates speak about their passion for their work, their childhood inspirations, the spirit of discovery, and the personal meaning of the Nobel Prize.

The Nobel Voices Video History Project documents and preserves examples of the quest for innovation and its important messages for future generations. Interviewees were: Werner Arber, Hans-Uno Bengton, Gunther Blobel, Paul Boyer, Claude Cohen-Tannouudji, Johann Deisenhofer, Kristen Lindahl Deisenhofer, Manfried Eigen, Richard Ernst, Edmond Fischer, Ernst Otto Fischer, Paul Greengard, Jerome Karle, Isabella Karle, Klaus von Klitzing, Walter Kohn, Harold Kroto, Robert B. Laughlin, David Lee, Rudolph A. Marcus, Kary B. Mullis, Nancy Mullis, Erwin Neher, Douglass D. Osheroff, Phyliss L. Osheroff, William D. Phillips, John Polanyi, John Pople, Gerardus t'Hooft, Robert C. Richardson, Jack Steinberger, Samuel C.C. Ting, Charles Townes, Martinus Veltman, and Jody Williams.

The Lemelson Center received generous support for the Nobel Voices exhibit from the Lemelson Foundation. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Deutsches Museum, Bonn, Germany, and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, with the cooperation of the Meetings of Nobel Prize Winners in Lindau, Germany, annually convened by Countess Sonja Bernadotte of Wisborg, Sweden. Nobel Voices explores the motivation and vision of Nobel laureates and the history of Alfred Nobel and his prize. It features personal video interviews of laureates, candid photographic portraits, and original artifacts, including Albert Einstein's pipe and William Faulkner's tweed jacket and typewriter.

Visitors to the exhibition pass through eight sections telling the story of the Nobel Prize and those who have achieved it: The Nobel Prizes, Nobel Encounters, Inventing the Future, Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Prize, The World of the Laureates, Through Young Artists' Eyes, The Nobel Laureates in Lindau, and Images of Nobel Prize Winners from the National Portrait Gallery. For more information about the Nobel Prize and Nobel Laureates see http://nobelprize.org/ administered by the Nobel Foundation.

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Scope and Contents note

The thirty-three interviews total approximately twenty-six and one half hours in length and exist in five formats: digital, BetaCam SP, 1/2” VHS, cassette audio tapes, and transcripts. All five formats document the same interview content for each interviewee. The collection contains original, master, and reference videos, audio tapes, transcripts, production footage (stock and b-roll) and compact disks, documenting thirty-three Nobel laureates. All interviews were conducted by Neil Hollander. The production footage is from a variety of non-profit and commercial sources and there are no transcripts or time logs. The production footage was used in the exhibition interactive Ask the Prizewinners and the Nobel Prize: 100 Years of Creativity and Innovation (interactive CD-ROM). This CD-ROM explores the motivation and vision of Nobel laureates and the history of Alfred Nobel and his prize. This CD-ROM is a resource for educators and others interested in interdisciplinary approaches to stimulating creativity. The Ernst Otto Fischer (Chemistry 1973) interview was not conducted in English and there is no transcript. The Hans-Uno Bengtson interview documents a Swedish physicist and there is no transcript. Five interviews include laureate spouses: Kirsten Fischer Lindahl, Isabella Karle, Margaret Kroto, Nancy Mullis, and Phyllis Osheroff. The video interviews and transcripts are unedited. A three minute edited version of the interviews appears on the web at http:///www.NOfestiBEL.com.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized into six series.

Series 1: Original Videos, 2000

Series 2: Master Videos, 2000

Series 3: Reference Videos, 2000

Series 4: Audio Tapes, 2000-2001

Series 5: Transcripts, 2000

Series 6: Production Footage, undated

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • BetaCam SP (videotape format).
  • Oral history--2000-2010.
  • VHS (videotape format)
  • Videotapes--2000-2010.

Subject(s)

  • Chemistry
  • Inventors--20th century
  • Medicine
  • Nobel Prizes
  • Physics

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: Original Videos, 2000

Box Video

Arber, Werner (Medicine 1978), 2000 June 27

1 OV 771.1

Bengtson, Hans-Uno, 2000 June 27

1 OV 771.2

Blobel, Gunther (Medicine, 1999), undated

1 OV 771.3

Boyer, Paul (Chemistry 1997), 2000 June 29

1 OV 771.4-5

Cohen-Tannouudji, Claude, undated

1 OV 771.6-7

Deisenhofer, Johann (Chemistry 1988) and Kirsten Fischer Lindahl, 2000 June 27

1 OV 771.8

Eigen, Manfried (Chemistry 1967), 2000 June 26

1 OV 771.9

Ernst, Richard (Chemistry 1991), 2000 June 29

1 OV 771.10

Fischer, Edmond (Medicine 1992), 2000 June 28

1 OV 771.11A

Fischer, Edmond (Medicine 1992), 2000 June 28

1 OV 771.11B

Fischer, Ernst Otto ( Chemistry 1973), 2000 June 28

1 OV 771.12

Greengard, Paul (Medicine 2000), undated

1 OV 771.13-15

Hewish, Antony (Physics 1974) and Margaret Kroto, 2000 February 8

1 OV 771.16

Karle, Jerome ( Chemistry 1985) and Isabella Karle, 2000 June 26

1 OV 771.17

Kohn, Walter (Chemistry 1998), 2000 August 2

1 OV 771.18

Kohn,Walter (Chemistry 1998) and David Lee (Physics 1996), undated

1 OV 771.19

Kroto, Sir Harold (Chemistry 1996), 2000 June 29

1 OV 771.20

Laughlin, Robert B. (Physics 1998), 2000 June 29

1 OV 771.21

Marcus, Rudolph A. (Chemistry 1992) and Manfried Eigen (Chemistry 1967), 2000 June 26

1 OV 771.22

Mullis, Kary B. (Chemistry 1993), 2000 June 29

1 OV 771.23

Mullis, Nancy, 2000 June 29

1 OV 771.24

Neher, Erwin (Medicine 1991), 2000 June 26

2 OV 771.25

Osheroff, Douglass D. (Physics 1996), 2000 June 28

2 OV 771.26

Osheroff, Phyliss L., 2000 June 28

2 OV 771.27

Phillips, William D. (Physics 1997), 2000 June 26

2 OV 771.28

Polanyi, John (Chemistry 1986), 2000 June 27

2 OV 771.29A

Polanyi, John (Chemistry 1986) DUB, 2000 June 27

2 OV 771.29B

Pople, John (Chemistry 1998), 2000 June 29

2 OV 771.30

Ramsey, Norman (Physics 1989), 2000 June 27

2 OV 771.31

Richardson, Robert C. (Physics 1996), 2000 June 27

2 OV 771.32

Steinberger, Jack (Physics 1988), 2000 June 28

2 OV 771.33-35

t'Hooft, Gerardus (Physics 1999), 2000 June 27

2 OV 771.36

Ting, Samuel C.C. (Physics 1976), 2000 June 29

2 OV 771.37

Townes, Charles (Physics 1964), 2000 June 26

2 OV 771.38A

Townes, Charles (Physics 1964), 2000 June 26

2 OV 771.38B

Veltman, Martinus (Physics 1999), 2000 September 17

2 OV 771.39

Von Klitzing, Klaus (Physics 1985), 2000 June 27

2 OV 771.40

Williams, Jody (Peace 1997), undated

2 OV 771.41-43

Nobel Voices Theme Video (final version), undated

2 OV 771.44

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 Series 2: Master Videos, 2000

Box Video

Arber, Werner (Medcine 1978), 2000 June 27

3 MV 771.1

Blobel, Gunther (Medicine 1999), undated

3 MV 771.2

Boyer, Paul (Chemistry 1997), undated

3 MV 771.3

Cohen-Tannouudji, Claude (Physics 1997), undated

3 MV 771.4

De Duve, Christian (Medicine 1974), 2000 June 28

3 MV 771.5

Deisenhofer, Johann (Chemistry 1998) and Kirsten Fischer Lindahl, 2000 June 27

3 MV 771.6

Eigen, Manfried (Chemistry 1967), 2000 June 26

3 MV 771.7

Ernst, Richard (Chemistry 1991), 2000 June 29

3 MV 771.8

Fischer, Edmond (Medicine 1992), 2000 June 28

4 MV 771.9

Fischer, Ernst Otto (Chemistry 1973), 2000 June 28

4 MV 771.10

Greengard, Paul (Medicine 2000), undated

4 MV 771.11-12

Hewish, Antony (Physics 1974), 2000 February 8

4 MV 771.13

Karle, Jerome (Chemistry 1985), 2000 June 26

5 MV 771.14

Kohn, Walter (Chemistry 1998), 2000 August 2

5 MV 771.15

Kroto, Sir Harold (Chemistry 1996), 2000 June 29

5 MV 771.16

Laughlin, Robert B. (Physics 1998), 2000 June 29

5 MV 771.17

Lee, David (Physics 1996), 2000 June 27

5 MV 771.18

Marcus, Rudolph A. (Chemistry 1992), 2000 June 26

5 MV 771.19

Mullis, Kary B. (Chemistry 1993), 2000 June 29

5 MV 771.20

Neher, Erwin (Medicine 1991), 2000 June 26

6 MV 771.21

Osheroff, Douglas (Physics 1996), 2000 June 28

6 MV 771.22

Phillips, William (Physics 1997), 2000 June 26

6 MV 771.23

Polanyi, John (Chemistry 1986), 2000 June 27

6 MV 771.24

Pople, John (Chemistry 1998), 2000 June 29

6 MV 771.25

Ramsey, Norman (Physics 1989), 2000 June 27

6 MV 771.26

Richardson, Robert C. (Physics 1996), 2000 June 27

7 MV 771.27

Steinberger, Jack (Physics 1988), 2000 June 28

7 MV 771.28

T'Hooft, Gerardus (Physics 1999), 2000 June 27

7 MV 771.29

Ting, Samuel C.C. (Physics 1976), 2000 June 29

7 MV 771.30

Townes, Charles (Physics 1964), 2000 June 26

7 MV 771.31

Veltman, Martinus (Physics 1999), 2000 September 17

7 MV 771.32

Von Klitzing, Klaus (Physics 1985), 2000 June 27

7 MV 771.33

Williams, Jody (Peace 1997), undated

8 MV 771.34

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 Series 3: Reference Videos, 2000

Box Video

Arber-Hewish, [undated]

15 RV 771.1-13

Karle-Pople, [undated]

16 RV 771.14-27

Ramsey-Williams, [undated]

17 RV 771.28-35

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 Series 4: Audio Tapes, 2000-2001

Box Cassette

Arber, Werner (Medicine 1978), 2000 June 27

18 RTC 771.1

Blobel, Gunther (Medicine 1999), undated

18 RTC 771.2

Boyer, Paul (Chemistry 1997), 2000 June 29

18 RTC 771.3

Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude (Physics 1997), undated

18 RTC 771.4

De Duve, Christian (Medicine 1974), 2000 June 28

18 RTC 771.5

Deisenhofer, Johann (Chemistry 1988) and Kirsten Fischer Lindahl, 2000 June 27

18 RTC 771.6

Eigen, Manfried (Chemistry 1967), 2000 June 26

18 RTC 771.7

Ernst, Richard (Chemistry 1991), 2000 June 29

18 RTC 771.8

Fischer, Edmond (Medicine 1992), 2000 June 28

18 RTC 771.9

Fischer, Ernst Otto (Chemistry 1973), 2000 June 28

18 RTC 771.10

Greengard, Paul (Medicine 2000), undated

18 RTC 771.11-12

Hewish, Antony (Physics 1974), 2000 February 8

18 RTC 771.13

Karle, Jerome (Chemistry 1985), 2000 June 26

18 RTC 771.14

Kohn, Walter (Chemistry 1998), 2000 August 2

18 RTC 771.16

Kroto, Sir Harold (Physics 1996), 2000 June 29

18 RTC 771.17

Laughlin, Robert B. (Physics 1998), 2000 June 29

18 RTC 771.18

Lee, David (Physics 1996), 2000 June 27

18 RTC 771.19

Marcus, Rudolph A. (Chemistry 1992), 2000 June 26

19 RTC 771.20

Mullis, Kary B. (Chemistry 1993), 2000 June 29

19 RTC 771.21

Neher, Erwin (Medicine 1991), 2000 June 26

19 RTC 771.22

Osheroff, Douglas (Physics 1996), 2000 June 28

19 RTC 771.23

Phillips, William (Physics 1997), 2000 June 26

19 RTC 771.24

Polanyi, John (Chemistry 1986), 2000 June 27

19 RTC 771.25

Pople, John (Chemistry 1998), 2000 June 29

19 RTC 771.26

Ramsey, Norman (Physics 1989), 2000 June 27

19 RTC 771.27

Richardson, Robert C. (Physics 1996), 2000 June 27

19 RTC 771.28

Steinberger, Jack (Physics 1998), 2000 June 28

19 RTC 771.29

T'Hooft, Gerardus (Physics 1999), 2000 June 27

19 RTC 771.31

Ting, Samuel C.C. (Physics 1976), 2000 June 29

19 RTC 771.30

Townes, Charles (Physics 1964), 2000 June 26

19 RTC 771.32

Veltman, Martinus (Physics 1999), 2000 September 17

19 RTC 771.33

von Klitzing, Klaus (Physics 1985), 2000 June 27

19 RTC 771.34

Williams, Jody (Peace 1997), undated

19 RTC 771.35

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 Series 5: Transcripts, 2000

Box Folder

Arber, Werner (Medicine 1978), 2000 June 27

20 1

Blobel, Gunther (Medicine 1999), undated

20 2

Boyer, Paul (Chemistry 1997), 2000 June 29

20 3

Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude (Physics 1997), undated

20 4

De Duve, Christian (Medicine 1974), 2000 June 28

20 5

Deisenhofer, Johann (Chemistry 1988) and Kirsten Fischer Lindahl, 2000 June 27

20 6

Eigen, Manfried (Chemistry 1967), 2000 June 26

20 7

Ernst, Richard (Chemistry 1991), 2000 June 29

20 8

Fischer, Edmond (Medicine 1992), 2000 June 28

20 9

Greengard, Paul (Medicine 2000), undated

19 10

Hewish, Antony (Physics 1974), 2000 February 8

19 11

Karle, Jerome (Chemistry 1985), 2000 June 26

19 12

Kohn, Walter (Chemistry 1998), 2000 August 2

19 13

Kroto, Sir Harold (Chemistry 1996), 2000 June 29

19 14

Laughlin, Robert B. (Physics 1998), 2000 June 29

19 15

Lee, David (Physics 1996), 2000 June 27

19 16

Marcus, Rudolph A. (Chemistry 1992), 2000 June 26

19 17

Mullis, Kary B. (Chemistry 1993), 2000 June 29

19 18

Neher, Erwin (Medicine 1991), 2000 June 26

19 19

Osheroff, Douglas (Physics 1996), 2000 June 28

19 20

Phillips, William (Physics 1997) Transcript, 2000 June 26

19 21

Polanyi, John (Chemistry 1986), 2000 June 27

19 22

Pople, John (Chemistry 1998), 2000 June 29

19 23

Ramsey, Norman (Physics 1989), 2000 June 27

19 24

Richardson, Robert C. (Physics 1996), 2000 June 27

19 25

Steinberger, Jack (Physics 1988), 2000 June 28

19 26

T’Hooft, Gerardus (Physics 1999), 2000 June 27

19 27

Ting, Samuel C.C. (Physics 1976), 2000 June 29

19 28

Townes, Charles (Physics 1964), 2000 June 26

19 29

Veltman, Martinus (Physics 1999), 2000 September 17

19 30

Von Klitzing, Klaus (Physics 1985), 2000 June 27

19 31

Williams, Jody (Peace 1997), undated

19 32

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 Series 6: Production Footage, undated

Box Folder

National Archives footage, [undated]

8 MV 771.35
Box Video

"Nobel Theme" (final), undated

1/2" VHS

9 771.36

Toni Morrison with Bill Moyers, undated

1/2" VHS

9 771.37

Toni Morrison, C-SPAN Book TV, Part 2, 2000 February 4

1/2" VHS

9 771.38

Toni Morrison, C-SPAN Book TV, Part 1, 2000 February 4

1/2" VHS

9 771.39

In Depth with Toni Morrison, C-SPAN, undated

Total Running Time: 07:00

BetaCam SP

9 771.4

Me and Isaac Newton, undated

Total Running Time: 1:47:00

1/2" VHS

9 771.41

Meilersteine der Naturissenschaft und Technik, parts 17, 29, 47, undated

1/2" VHS

9 771.42

Die Stillen Stars, #2, undated

V. Emilio Segre

VI. Glenn Seaborg

1/2" VHS

9 771.43

Die Stillen Stars, #1, undated

I. How a Laureate is Chosen

II. Roslayn Yalow

III. Alan Cormack

IV. Gertrude Elion

V. Emilio Segre

1/2" VHS

9 771.44

Light of Imagination: The Laser and Charles Townes, undated

1/2" VHS

9 771.45

Charles Townes/Nobel Preis Physik, 1964

1/2" VHS

9 771.46

Nobel prize winners b-roll, NBC, [undated]

Nadine Gordimer

Nelson Mandela

[Dalai Lama?]

Octavio Paz

Elie Wiesel

1/2" VHS

10 771.47

Elie Wiesel speech at tribute to Tibet from Frontline, "Red Flag Over Tibet", undated

1/2" VHS

10 771.48

Octavio Paz reading poetry and interview, undated

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

10 771.49

Octavio Paz reading poetry and interview, undated

Total Running Time: 60:00

1/2" VHS

10 771.5

Dalai Lama shots from Associated Press Television News, undated

1/2" VHS

10 771.51

Nobel prize winners, ABC News Video Source, undated

Elie Wiesel

Dalai Lama

Toni Morrison

BetaCam SP

10 771.52

Nobel prize winners, ABC News Video Source, undated

Elie Wiesel

Dalai Lama

Toni Morrison

1/2" VHS

10 771.53

Mandela Inauguration, undated

1/2" VHS

10 771.54

Jody Williams interview, undated

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

11 771.55

Samuel Ting interview, 2000 June 29

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

11 771.56

Charles Townes, 2000 June 26

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

11 771.57

William Phillips interview, 2000 June 26

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

12 771.58

Edmond Fischer interview, 2000 June 28

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

12 771.59

Walter Kohn interview, 2000 August 2

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

12 771.6

John Polayni interview, 2000 June 27

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

12 771.61

Douglas Osheroff interview, 2000 June 28

Total Running Time: 60:00

BetaCam SP

12 771.62

Dalai Lama commencement address at Michigan State University, CSPAN, part 1 of 1, 1999 May 7

1/2" VHS

13 771.63

Dalai Lama commencement address at Emory University, CSPAN, part 1 of 1, 1998 May 11

1/2" VHS

13 771.64

Non-Violence in Tibet Forum, Dalai Lama at summit, CSPAN, 1998 November 6

Total Running Time: 63:00

1/2" VHS

13 771.65

Non-Violence in Tibet Forum, Dalai Lama at summit, CSPAN, 1998 November 6

Total Running Time: 63:00

BetaCam SP

13 771.66

Dalai Lama at Smithsonian Folklife Festival, undated

1/2" VHS

13 771.67

Entrevista a Octavio Paz, 1997 August 18

1/2" VHS

14 771.68

Conversation with Elie Wiesel, WHUT, 2001 March 11

1/2" VHS

14 771.69

Theme video, undated

1/2" VHS

14 771.7

Great Prayer Festival, tape 2, undated

BetaCam SP

14 771.71

Great Prayer Festival, tape 3, undated

BetaCam SP

14 771.72

Televisa Octavio Paz interview, selected segments, 1997 August 18

(Poor audio)

BetaCam SP

14 771.73

Televisa Octavio Paz interview, selected segments, 1997 August 18

(Poor audio)

BetaCam SP

14 771.74
Box Disk

Nobel Prize voice-overs, undated

Compact disk

14 771.75

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