A teenager has become the youngest person — by far — to win a Nobel Prize, reports Reuters.
The story says that the 17-year-old “Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls’ right to education, [along with] Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize [today, Oct. 10, 2014].
The article reports: “Satyarthi, 60, and Yousafzai were picked for their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.”
The Pakistani teenager “was attacked in 2012 on a school bus in the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan by masked gunmen as a punishment for a blog that she started writing for the BBC’s Urdu service as an 11-year-old to campaign against the Taliban’s efforts to deny women an education,” Reuters reports.
The story adds: “Unable to return to Pakistan after her recovery, Yousafzai moved to Britain, setting up the Malala Fund and supporting local education advocacy groups with a focus on Pakistan.”
The article also notes that the Nobel Committee made a point that Yousafzai was Pakistani and that her co-winner of the Peace Prize, Satyarthi, was Indian. Historically there has been tension between the two countries.
The story adds: “The previous youngest winner was Australian-born British scientist Lawrence Bragg, who was 25 when he shared the Physics Prize with his father in 1915.”