Challenge Four!

Questions for our future

The Nobel Prize was established by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. He wanted the Nobel Prize to be awarded ‘to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.’


These were the first international prizes to be awarded in the world. Recipients of the prize are known as Nobel laureates.

On exhibit at MIRAIKAN (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Japan) are messages in the form of questions from Nobel laureates that have visited the museum. Each was asked to, ‘pose one question that you want the visitors to think about for the rest of their life.


Think about how you would answer one of the following questions posed by Nobel laureates and write an answer as your reply.

  1. How will you improve the world for our children and all who follow behind? - Barack H. Obama(The Nobel Prize in Peace 2009)
  2. How can we keep on being curious? – Koichi Tanaka(The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2002)
  3. Find your talents and work on their development. Then keep stretching your limits by asking yourself: “How can I maximize the use of my talents?’ - Leo Esaki(The Nobel Prize in Physics 1973)
  4. If you become a scientist 20 years from now, what research would you like to do? – Makoto Kobayashi(The Nobel Prize in Physics 2008)
  5. What is your dream? Are you doing your best towards your dream? - Shinya Yamanaka(The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012