Kuala Lampur, Oct. 20 -- "The Merchant of Death is Dead" - that was the headline of the obituary published for Swedish businessman Alfred Nobel in 1888.

It was an appropriate one. Nobel had, after all, made his fortune manufacturing arms and inventing new forms of explosives: dynamite, cordite, etc.

But it didn't please the man it was written about. Strangely Alfred Nobel read his own obituary as it was published in error... as it was his brother who had actually died!

The error led directly to the creation of the Nobel Prize.

"The Merchant of Death" decided he'd rather be remembered more positively!

When he finally died, he left the majority of his fortune to a trust that would award annual prizes for science, literature and peace. ...