The classic story goes that Alfred Nobel, after inventing dynamite and then blowing up one of his brothers with it, realized the error of his ways and so decided to reward peaceful scientific and diplomatic endeavors, eventually leading to the Nobel Prizes. There are others who posit he did it to impress a girl
– Count Dolby von Luckner
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