Every year during the first week of January, Saint Lucia launches its Nobel Laureate Festival-- a commemoration of the island's two Nobel Laureates. Although Saint Lucia has a population of around 185,000 people, Saint Lucia has the highest number of Nobel Laureates per capita!


The first recipient, Sir Arthur Lewis, won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979 (the year that Saint Lucia gained independence). The second recipient, Sir Derek Walcott, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. These two Nobel Laureates not only share the same birthday (January 23rd) and the same well-deserved honor, they also share numerous other achievements. Though these sons of the soil have since passed on, we continue to honor their legacy and celebrate the feats of excellence of other Saint Lucians.

View Ambassador Laurent's Nobel Laureate Day message and a short documentary on Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott laureates above.