_Encyclopedia Britannica_ has opened its vast archives of Nobel Prize related material in this web special, designed to coincide with the upcoming 1997 awards. The site is highlighted by biographies of every individual and institution that has ever been awarded the prize. In all, there are over 1,000 articles from the encyclopedia, along with 450 multi-media offerings (images, audio and video). Winners can be looked up by name, type of prize, and year. Hypertext timelines are provided for genetics and medicine, and there are feature articles on the discovery of chemical elements, the Nobel Prize selection process, and the nationality of the winners. There is also an multi-media section of 33 selections (mostly QuickTime videos) ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have A Dream speech to Albert Einstein theorizing on the effects of atomic energy to Milton Friedman criticizing government intervention into consumer product safety. But the real power of this site is that Britannica has kindly allowed all Internet users a small portal into its vast information holdings. Note that it is unkown how long this site will remain free of charge.
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