The head of the Nobel Foundation told on Friday that the Nobel Prize ceremony to be held on December 9 would not be attended by this year's laureate of the Nobel Prize in Medicine due to health issues.
Eighty-five years old Robert Edwards, a British doctor, has been selected for this year's medicine prize for his ground-breaking work of in-vitro fertilization. But, he would not be able to attend the ceremony in Stockholm due to health reasons, as told by Michael Sohlman, Executive Director of Nobel Foundation.
The prestigious prize will be collected by his wife Ruth on his behalf. The work carried out by Edwards facilitated the birth of the first test-tube baby in 1978.
Sohlman told that the invitation to the ceremony to be held at Stockholm's City Hall in honor of the Nobel laureates had not been accepted by China's ambassador to Sweden Chen Mingming.
The Nobel Peace Prize will also be given on December 10 only but for that there will be a separate ceremony in Oslo. For that, the invitation has not been accepted by China, Cuba, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Russia till now.
China is disappointed with the decision to give away this year's Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, so it said on Thursday that it was difficult to keep friendly relations with Norway.
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