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The international prizes established by Alfred Nobel are renowned worldwide and the subject of intense interest and speculation. In contrast, a prize established in Baku to honour Alfred’s nephew, Emanuel Nobel, had been all but forgotten until scholars in Azerbaijan unearthed material about the prize. The article below has been abridged for Visions from a paper by Mir-Yusif Mir-Babayev and Bahram Atabeyli, presented at the Branobel Conference in Stockholm in September 2013.
The Russian (Baku) Emanuel Nobel Prize was established in November 1904, during Emanuel’s lifetime, by the Baku Branch of the Imperial Russian Technical Society. The prize was awarded four times, in all, for contributions to the development of the oil industry.
We interviewed Tito Gaudenzi, captain of the USA-Montblanc Polo Team, just a day before the start of the Arena Polo World Cup Azerbaijan. The mood was upbeat and optimistic. Tito didn’t know then that the Europe-Baltika team would claim the cup, though he wouldn’t leave empty-handed, as he was to receive the fair play award. Tito was a favourite with the fans in all his matches. “Tito, Tito!” echoed from the stands whenever he took the field.
God gave me life. This is how I am.
And how he has been from the beginning… The young boy’s banging on saucepans and anything else that came to hand convinced his mother that he was a naughty child. The fact that he was the only one of seven children not to go on to higher education might have some marking him down in their estimation. However that ‘misspent’ childhood led to Natiq Shirinov becoming arguably one of the world’s leading drummers.
While the name Nobel is best known worldwide for the international prizes established by Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, Alfred’s brothers Robert and Ludvig are known in Baku for their key role in the city’s first oil boom at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.