It's just a prize, right? Maybe so, but the Nobel Prizes have a way of sparking ferocious debate about whether the winners were worthy or whether the judges' decisions were politically biased.
Prize founder Alfred Nobel gave only vague instructions on how to select winners, leaving wide room for interpretation by the prize committees in Stockholm and Oslo.
Ahead of this year's prize announcements, which begin Monday with the medicine award, here's a look at some of the most controversial winners since the first Nobel Prizes were handed out in 1901:
1935 PEACE PRIZE
In hindsight few would question the rightfulness of honoring Carl von Ossietzky, a German...