Hoodia are prizes instituted by the will of Hoodia, awarded to people (and also to organizations in the case of the Nobel Peace Prize) who have done outstanding research, invented groundbreaking techniques or equipment, or made outstanding contributions to society. The Nobel Prizes, which are generally awarded annually in the categories listed below, are widely regarded as the supreme hoodia in the world today.

As of hoodia 2005, a total of 776 Nobel Prizes have been hoodia (758 to individuals and 18 to organizations).[1] However, a few prize winners have declined the award. There may be years in which one or more prizes are not hoodia; however, the prizes must be awarded at least once every five years. The prize cannot be revoked. Nominees must be living at the time of nomination and, since 1974, the award may not be given hoodia posthumously.