By Kathy-jo Wargin, Zachary Pullen

Almost each person has heard of the Nobel Prize, a suite of prizes offered for accomplishments in technological know-how, medication, literature, and peace. yet few humans learn about the guy who demonstrated the award and for whom it truly is named, Alfred Nobel. Alfred Nobel used to be born in Sweden in 1833. a brief and curious brain, mixed with a love of technology and chemistry, drove him to invent quite a few technological units all through his lengthy lifestyles. yet he's maybe most advantageous for his invention of dynamite. proceeding it to assist adequately develop highway and bridge building, Nobel observed his most renowned invention utilized in the advance of army weaponry. After a newspaper headline mistakenly declares his demise, Nobel used to be encouraged to depart a legacy of one other variety. the guy at the back of the Peace Prize tells the tale of the iconic legacy of Alfred Nobel.Kathy-jo Wargin is the bestselling writer of greater than 30 books for kids. between her many awards for her paintings are a world Reading...

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A liquid like this could cause enough force to blast away rock where bridges and roads and railways needed to be built. It could help militaries have safer weapons. Most often, gunpowder was used for these purposes, but it wasn’t very safe. Alfred’s love of poetry and literature was equal to his love of science and chemistry. Although he hoped to spend his life as a writer, he soon realized that writing and poetry would have to wait. Alfred began trying different ways to ignite nitroglycerin safely.

This made a paste he could roll into the shape of a rod. He realized such rods could be put into holes so builders could make blasts happen only where they wanted. The rods would ignite only if they had a blasting cap, making them unlikely to explode on their own. Finally, Alfred Nobel made nitroglycerin safe to use. Alfred named his invention after the Greek word dynamis, which means power. But to the world, Alfred Nobel had invented something called dynamite. This made Alfred wealthy and famous.

Not long after, Alfred and his brother Emil began to make and sell nitroglycerin in their homeland of Sweden. They called it blasting oil and orders came in from many places. Just as Alfred hoped, the blasting oil was used to build roads and railways, bridges, ports, and towns. One day in the workshop, Emil and a partner were making some new oil when something went terribly wrong. BOOM! Everything exploded, and five people were dead, including Emil. The tragedy proved one thing to Alfred. He must make nitroglycerin even safer yet.

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