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Bom in Stockholm, Sweden, Alfred Nobel is widely known as the founder of the Nobel Prizes. He was also a successful inventor, who made great advances in the field of explosives. During his early years, he and his family struggled to make ends meet after his father's business ventures left them bankrupt. Nobel excelled as a student and later was taught by private tutors. He began to put his curious, inventive mind to work, experimenting with nitroglycerin. Tragedy stuck the Nobel family in 1865 when his brother, ...
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Overview

Bom in Stockholm, Sweden, Alfred Nobel is widely known as the founder of the Nobel Prizes. He was also a successful inventor, who made great advances in the field of explosives. During his early years, he and his family struggled to make ends meet after his father's business ventures left them bankrupt. Nobel excelled as a student and later was taught by private tutors. He began to put his curious, inventive mind to work, experimenting with nitroglycerin. Tragedy stuck the Nobel family in 1865 when his brother, Emil, was killed in an explosion at their explosives factory. One year later, Nobel invented dynamite, a safer explosive. In his later years, his thoughts turned from creating better ways to blow things up to bringing the world closer together. He decided to use much of his fortune to create the Nobel Prizes, which are awards given to individuals or groups for making advancements in their fields.

Discusses the life and work of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor who developed dynamite and instituted the Nobel Prize.

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Most people have heard of the Nobel Prize, but few people know anything about the man behind it. Born into a family of scientists, his father invented plywood and his great-great grandfather discovered the lymphatic system. Nobel made many improvements in explosives including the invention of dynamite. However, he never married and was ill for most of his life. This new book, one of the "Great Life Stories" series, explores Alfred Nobel's life in detail from his humble beginnings in Sweden to the origins of the Nobel Prize after his death. Throughout the book are sidebars giving background information on related topics. For instance, during the section describing Nobel's work during the Crimean War, there is a full-page sidebar explaining what the Crimean War. In the back are a timeline, index and list of other sources including many web sites. While at times the book seems to jump around a little, overall it is a very interesting and complete biography. 2004, Franklin Watts/ Scholastic, Ages 9 to 13.
—Heather Robertson
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-If students recognize Nobel's name at all, it will most likely be because of his association with the Nobel Peace Prize. Imagine how surprised they will be to learn that Nobel's life work focused on creating explosives, most notably the invention and implementation of dynamite. Binn's readable narrative chronicles the life of a highly motivated, intelligent scientist and businessman whose career had a profound impact on the direction of humankind-for better or for worse. The book is adequately supplemented with historical and cultural information that shows students not only how he came to develop dynamite, but also why the demand for it continued to grow. Average-quality photos (many of which are sepia toned) and reproductions appear throughout.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531123287
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Great Life Stories Series
  • Pages: 111
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Childhood and Family 7
2 Explosives and Experiments 17
3 Early Nitroglycerin 25
4 Nitroglycerin Panic 37
5 Dynamite 49
6 Paris and New Ideas 57
7 A Lonely Man 63
8 International Success 69
9 A Traitor to France? 75
10 Coming to an End 83
11 Dream and Reality 91
Timeline 101
To Find Out More 103
A Note on Sources 105
Index 107
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