Portrait of Alfred Nobel by Gösta Florman

Alfred Nobel

Portrait of Alfred Nobel by Swedish photographer Gösta Florman (1831-1900). In the photography, Nobel is seen sitting in an armchair and gazing to the left as his head is supported in his left hand. The work was published on a Romanian stamp in the late 1990s.

Who was Alfred Nobel?

Born Alfred Bernhard Nobel on October 21, 1833, Alfred Nobel was a renowned Swedish inventor, engineer, industrialist, and philanthropist. The Stockholm, Sweden-born is best known for inventing dynamite, a groundbreaking invention that revolutionized construction, mining, and warfare. In his lifetime, he held a staggering 355 patents, including being credited as the inventor of the dynamite.

Of all his accomplishments, Nobel is best remembered for bequeathing more than 90% of his wealth to the establishment of the Nobel Prizes. Nobel stated in his will that the prizes should be given to individuals that have “conferred the greatest benefit to humankind”.

The Swedish inventor passed away on December 10, 1896, in San Remo, Italy. He was 63 years old. The cause of death was said to be stroke (i.e. a cerebral hemorrhage). He was buried in a cemetery called Norra begravningsplatsen in Solna Municipality, Stockholm, Sweden.