Nobel Peace Prize Winners
When Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel died in 1896, he left his fortune to create an annual series of prizes for the individuals who confer "the greatest benefit on mankind." The most prestigious of the awards is the Nobel Peace Prize. Historians believe Alfred Nobel wanted to award people who work for peace to compensate for his own role in inventing dynamite. Since its establishment, the prize has gone to many courageous individuals who have fought for peace and human rights around the world.
Featured Nobel Peace Prize Winners
Browse our collection of some of the world's most famous Nobel Peace Prize Winners, including Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama.
Civil Rights Activist, World Leader, Writer / 1918 - 2013
Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist, Minister / 1929 - 1968
After having fought for civil rights equality within the United States through non-violent action, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Environmental Activist, Warrior, Governor, U.S. President / 1858 - 1919
For his anti-war stance and his direct role in ending the Russo-Japanese War, President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.
Activist, Political Leader, Religious Leader / 1935 -
In the face of tyranny, the Dalai Lama opposed the strong hand of the Chinese government in an attempt to make Tibet an independent and democratic state. He recieved a Nobel Prize in 1989.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Activist, Political Leader / 1945 -
When human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi returned to her birthplace of Burma and saw the chaos that dictator U Ne Win caused, she started a nonviolent movement against the brutal administration, resluting her 21 year house arrest. For her activism, she recieved the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
Nun, Saint / 1910 - 1997
Mother Theresa followed her divine calling to help the underserved internationally, traveling from country to country to feed, clothe and shelter those in need. For her charity, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
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