What’s the point of Nobel prizes?

For some they are the pinnacle of recognition, for others they reek of western bias and sexism. So who will win this years awards? How did it all start? To his familys horror, Alfred Nobels last will and testament in 1895 left most of his estate, the equivalent of 148m in todays money, to a prize fund. Having amassed a fortune from artillery factories and the invention of dynamite and other explosives, the Swedish businessman had an eye on his legacy. The fund set up five prizes to be awarded annually to those whose work in the preceding year was deemed to have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind. He named five prizes: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and …