Nobel Peace Prize Winners

List of all Nobel Peace Prize Winners since 1901

A people free to choose will always choose peace

Not necessarily an outlook on the world you might associate with Ronald Reagan, but it was he who said it. It’s also not far from the viewpoint of Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) – Swedish founder of all Nobel prizes which were first awarded in 1901. The first of all Nobel Peace Prize Winners since 1901 was Henry Dunant for his role in founding the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Nobel invented dynamite. Strange then, that he is today most famous for being the founder of The Nobel Peace Prize. His pacifist beliefs led him to hope that mutually assured destruction by weapons containing dynamite would discourage nations from ever going to war. Sadly, that didn’t go too well.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winners Year Key Facts Nationality / Country Order
Henry Dunant 1901 Co-founder of the Red Cross with Gustave Moynier. Switzerland / France. 1st.
Frédéric Passy 1901 IPB Council Member. France. 1st.
Élie Ducommun 1902 Élie Ducommun was the IPB’s first Secretary-General. Switzerland. 2nd.
Charles Albert Gobat 1902 Albert Bobat was the IPB’s second Secretary-General. Switzerland. 2nd.
Sir William Randal Cremer 1903 Co-founder of the International Arbitration League. Great Britain. 3rd.
Institute of International Law. 1904 The ILL was founded by 11 lawyers in 1873 in Ghent, Belgium on has been nominated 59 times to date. Worldwide. 4th.
Baroness Bertha von Suttner 1905 IPB Vice-President and founder of the permanent International Peace Bureau IPB Organization in Bern. Austria. 5th.
Theodore Roosevelt 1906 Theodore Roosevelt was USA President 1901-1901. Won Noble peace prize for the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth. United States. 6th.
Ernesto T. Moneta 1907 IPB Council Member Italy. 7th.
Louis Renault 1907 France. 7th.
Klas P. Arnoldson 1908 Sweden. 8th.
Fredrik Bajer 1908 First IPB President. Denmark. 8th.
Auguste M. F. Beernaert 1909 Belgium. 9th.
Paul H. B. B. d’Estournelles de Constant 1909 France. 9th.
International Peace Bureau. 1910 International Peace Bureau IPB Organization. International organization. 10th.
Tobias M. C. Asser 1911 IPB Council Member. Netherlands. 11th.
Alfred H. Fried 1911 IPB Council Member. Austria. 11th.
Elihu Root 1912 United States. 12th.
Henri La Fontaine 1913 IPB President. Belgium. 13th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1914
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1915
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1916
International Committee of the Red Cross. 1917 ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross humanitarian organization. The ICRC has won 3 Nobel peace prizes in 1917, 1944 and 1963. International organization. 14th
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1918
Woodrow Wilson 1919 United States. 15th.
Léon V. A. Bourgeois 1920 France. 16th.
Karl H. Branting 1921 Sweden. 17th.
Christian L. Lange 1921 Norway. 17th.
Fridtjof Nansen 1922 Norway. 18th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1923
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1924
Sir J. Austen Chamberlain 1925 Great Britain. 19th.
Charles G. Dawes 1925 United States. 19th.
Aristide Briand 1926 France. 20th.
Gustav Stresemann 1926 Germany. 20th.
Ferdinand E. Buisson 1927 France. 21st.
Ludwig Quidde 1927 IPB Council Member. Germany. 21st.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1928
Frank Billings Kellogg 1929 United States. 22nd.
Nathan Söderblom 1930 Lars Olof Jonathan (Nathan) Söderblom Sweden. 23rd.
Jane Addams 1931 United States. 24th.
Nicholas Murray Butler 1931 United States. 24th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1932
Sir Norman Angell 1933 Sir Norman Angell (Ralph Lane) Great Britain. 25th.
Arthur Henderson 1934 Great Britain. 26th.
Carl von Ossietzky 1935 Germany. 27th.
Carlos de Saavedra Lamas 1936 Argentina. 28th.
Viscount Cecil of Chelwood 1937 Cecil of Chelwood, Viscount (Lord Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne Cecil) Great Britain. 29th.
Nansen International Office for Refugees. 1938 International organization. International organization. 30th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winner. 1939
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winner. 1940
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winner. 1941
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winner. 1942
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winner. 1943
International Committee of the Red Cross. 1944 ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross humanitarian organization.
The ICRC has won 3 Nobel peace prizes in 1917, 1944 and 1963.
International organization. 31st.
Cordell Hull 1945 United States. 32nd.
Emily Greene Balch 1946 United States. 33rd.
John Raleigh Mott 1946 United States. 33rd.
Friends Service Council 1947 The Quakers. Great Britain. 34th.
American Friends Service Committee. 1947 The Quakers. United States. 34th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1948
Lord John Boyd Orr of Brechin Mearns 1949 Great Britain. 35th
Ralph J. Bunche 1950 United States. 36th.
Léon Jouhaux 1951 France. 37th.
Albert Schweitzer 1952 France. 38th.
George Catlett Marshall 1953 United States. 39th.
Office of UN High Commission for Refugees. 1954 UN organization. Worldwide. 40th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1955
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1956
Lester Bowles Pearson 1957 Canada. 41st.
Georges Pire 1958 Belgium. 42nd.
Philip J. Noel-Baker 1959 IPB Vice-President. Great Britain. 43rd.
Albert John Luthuli 1960 South Africa. 44th.
Dag Hammarskjöld 1961 Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was Secretary General of UN. Sweden. 45th.
Linus Carl Pauling 1962 IPB Vice-President. United States. 46th.
International Committee of the Red Cross. 1963 ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross humanitarian organization.
The ICRC has won 3 Nobel peace prizes in 1917, 1944 and 1963.
International organization. 47th.
League of Red Cross Societies. 1963 International organization. International organization. 47th.
Martin Luther King Jr. 1964 United States. 48th.
UNICEF. 1965 UN organization.. International organization. 49th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1966
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners. 1967
René Cassin 1968 France. 50th.
International Labor Organization. 1969 International organization.. International organization. 51st.
Norman E. Borlaug 1970 United States. 52nd.
Willy Brandt 1971 Willy Brandt was Chancellor of Germany (1969-1974). Germany. 53rd.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winner. 1972
Henry Kissinger 1973 United States. 54th.
Le Duc Tho 1973 North Vietnam. 54th.
Eisaku Sato 1974 Japan. 55th.
Sean MacBride 1974 Sean MacBridge was IPB Chairman (1968-1974) and President (1974-1985). Winner of the Lenin Peace Prize. Co-founder of Amnesty International. Ireland. 55th.
Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov 1975 Soviet Union. 56th.
Mairead Corrigan 1976 Northern Ireland. 57th.
Betty Williams 1976 Northern Ireland. 57th.
Amnesty International 1977 Amnesty International is an international organization. International organization. 58th.
Anwar Sadat 1978 Anwar Sadat (1918-1981) was was the first Muslim Nobel prize laureate. He was President of Egypt (1970-1981) until he was assassinated on 6 October 1981 by Islambouli for signing the Camp David peace accords with Israel. Sadat shares the 1978 Nobel Prize for peace with Menachem Begin for reaching a peace treaty with Israel. Egypt. 59th.
Menachem Begin 1978 Menachem Begin (1913-1992) was Prime Minister of Israel (1977-1983) and shares the 1978 Nobel Prize for peace with Anwar Sadat for reaching a peace treaty with Israel. Israel. 59th.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta 1979 Albania / India. 60th.
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel 1980 Argentina. 61st.
Office of UN High Commission for Refugees. 1981 International organization. International organization. 62nd.
Alva Myrdal 1982 IPB Vice-President. Sweden. 63rd.
Alfonso Garcia Robles 1982 Mexico. 63rd.
Lech Walesa, President of Poland 1983 Poland. 64th.
Bishop Desmond Tutu 1984 Bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu South Africa. 65th.
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. 1985 International organization. United States. 66th.
Elie Wiesel 1986 Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) was a holocaust survivor, writer and political activist. Awarded the Nobel peace prize for his “practical work in the cause of peace”. Romania / United States. 67th.
Oscar Arias Sanchez 1987 Costa Rica. 68th.
UN Peacekeeping Forces. 1988 UN organization.. International organization.. 69th.
Dalai Lama 1989 The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) Tibet. 70th.
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev 1990 As USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel peace prize “for his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the international community”. Soviet Union. 71st.
Aung San Suu Kyi 1991 Aung San Suu Kyi won the 1991 Nobel peace prize “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Myanmar. 72nd.
Rigoberta Menchú 1992 Rigoberta Menchú won the Nobel peace prize “in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples”. Guatemala. 73rd.
Frederik Willem de Klerk 1993 As President of South Africa Frederik Willem de Klerk shared the 1993 Nobel peace prize with Nelson Mandela “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”. South Africa. 74th.
Nelson Mandela 1993 Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was jailed as a political prisoner for 27 years. As President of the ANC (African National Congress) he shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with President Frederik Willem de Klerk. After reaching a deal on peaceful transition to majority rule De Klerk released Mandela who was elected President of South Africa (1994-1999). South Africa. 74th.
Yasir Arafat 1994 Yasir Arafat (1929-2004) was leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and President of the Palestinian National Authority. He shares the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East”. Palestine. 75th.
Shimon Peres 1994 Shimon Peres (1923-2016) was Foreign Minister of Israel and shares the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East”. Israel. 75th.
Yitzhak Rabin 1994 Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995) was Prime Minister of Israel and shares the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yasir Arafat and Shimon Peres “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East”. Israel. 75th.
Joseph Rotblat 1995 Polish physicist Joseph Rotblat (1908-2005) withdrew from the Manhattan project in 1943. He campaigned through the Pugwash movement, and shares the 1995 Nobel peace prize with them, against the development of nuclear weapons. Poland / Great Britain. 76th.
Pugwash Conference. 1995 Scholars against conflict share the 1995 Nobel peace prize with Joseph Rotblat for their efforts to “diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms”. International organization. 76th.
Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo 1996 Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo shared the Nobel Peace Prize with José Ramos-Horta for “their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor”. Timor. 77th.
José Ramos-Horta 1996 José Ramos-Horta shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo for “their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor”. Timor. 77th.
Jody Williams 1997 Jody Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines”. United States. 78th.
International Campaign to Ban Landmines. 1997 ICBL, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, won the 1977 Nobel peace prize for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines. International organization. 78th.
John Hume 1998 John Hume and David Trimble shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts “to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland”. Northern Ireland. 79th.
David Trimble 1998 David Trimble and John Hume shared the 1998 Nobel prize for peace for their efforts “to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland”. Northern Ireland. 79th.
Médecins Sans Frontiéres 1999 MSF is also known in English as “Doctors without Borders” was awarded the 1999 Nobel peace prize “in recognition of the organization’s pioneering humanitarian work on several continents”. International organization. 80th.
Kim Dae-jung 2000 Kim Dae-jung won the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize for “his work for democracy and human rights in South Korea and in East Asia in general, and for peace and reconciliation with North Korea in particular”. South Korea. 81st.
The United Nations 2001 The Nobel committee, in its centennial year shared the Nobel peace prize between the United Nations and and the UN Secretary General. The UN is an intergovernmental international organization dedicated to international peace and security, dispute arbitration, human rights, international law and more. International organization. 82nd.
Kofi Annan 2001 UN Secretary General (1997-2006). Kofi Annan shared the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace with the UN for prioritizing human rights and helping to revitalize the UN. Ghana. 82nd.
James “Jimmy” Carter 2002 Former US president “Jimmy” Carter (1977-1981) received the 2002 Nobel peace prize for efforts through The Carter Center “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development”. He is the only US president to receive the award after leaving office. United States. 83rd.
Shirin Ebadi 2003 Shirin Ebadi was awarded the 2003 Nobel prize for “her efforts for democracy and human rights, especially the rights of women and children, in Iran and the Muslim world in general”. Iran. 84th.
Wangari Muta Maathai 2004 Wangari Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”. Kenya. 85th.
International Atomic Energy Agency. 2005 IAEA International organization. Austria. 86th.
Mohamed ElBaradei 2005 As Director General of the IAEA Mohamed ElBaradei shares the 2005 Nobel peace prize with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Egypt. 86th.
Muhammad Yunus 2006 Muhammad Yunus shares the 2006 Nobel peace prize with Grameen Bank “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below”. Bangladesh. 87th.
Grameen Bank 2006 Grameen Bank shares the 2006 Nobel peace prize with Muhammad Yunus “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below”. Bangladesh. 87th.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2007 International organization. Switzerland. 88th.
Albert Arnold Gore Jr. 2007 Albert Arnold Gore Jr. United States. 88th.
Martti Ahtisaari 2008 Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland (1994-2000), won the 2008 Nobel award “for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts”. Finland. 89th.
Barack Obama 2009 Barack Obama, former US President (2009-2016), was awarded the Nobel peace prize for “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. United States. 90th.
Liu Xiaobo 2010 Liu Xiaobo (1955-2017) was a Chinese human rights activist and awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”. China. 91st.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 2011 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf shares the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman, three female political activists for their persistence in obtaining equal rights for women in Africa and Asia. Liberia. 92nd.
Leymah Gbowee 2011 Leymah Gbowee shares the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkol Karman, three female political activists for their persistence in obtaining equal rights for women in Asia and Africa. Liberia. 92nd.
Tawakkol Karman 2011 Tawakkol Karman shares the 2011 Nobel prize for peace with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee. These three female political activists won the award for their persistence in obtaining equal rights for women in Africa and Asia. Yemen. 92nd.
European Union 2012 The EU was awarded the 2012 Nobel peace prize for its contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe over sixty years. International organization. 93rd
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. 2013 International organization. International organization. 94th.
Kailash Satyarthi 2014 Kailash Satyarthi is a children’s rights and education activist, the first natural born Indian Nobel peace laureate. He shared the 2014 Nobel peace prize with Malala Yousafzai for their efforts on the rights of children to education. India. 95th.
Malala Yousafzai 2014 Malala Yousafzai is a female rights campaigner and the youngest Nobel peace prize winner. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi for their efforts on the rights of children to education. Pakistan. 95th.
Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. 2015 A group of 4 civil society organizations were awarded the 2015 Nobel peace prize for their contribution to building a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia following the 2011 Jasmine Revolution. Tunisia. 96th.
Juan Manuel Santos. 2016 Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia 2010-2018, was the sole recipient of the 2016 Nobel prize for his efforts negotiating with the FARC guerrillas which lead to a peace deal. Colombia. 97th.
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. 2017 ICAN won the 2017 Nobel peace prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” International organization. 98th.
Denis Mukwege 2018 Denis Mukwege was the first Congolese Nobel peace prize laureate. He shared the prize with Nadia Murad for their efforts to end sexual violence in armed conflicts. Democratic Republic of the Congo. 99th.
Nadia Murad 2018 Nadia Murad was the first Iraqi and Yazidi to be awarded a Nobel peace prize. She shared the award with Denis Mukwege for their “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. Iraq. 99th.
Abiy Ahmed Ali 2019 Abiy Ahmed Ali, the current Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was awarded Nobel peace prize for his efforts to end conflict with neighboring Eritrea. Ethiopia. 100th.
2020 The 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace will be announced during October 2020.

6 Nobel Peace Prize Contenders Who Didn't Win a Nobel Peace Prize.

6 Nobel Peace Prize Contenders Who Didn’t Win a Nobel Peace Prize.

  1. Mahatma Gandhi: Indian leader, was nominated five times and the Nobel committee regrets he never won.
  2. U Thant: UN Secretary General was in line for the award in 1965, which was awarded UNICEF, and in 1966 & 1967 when the Nobel peace prize committee did not make awards.
  3. Václav Havel: First President of the Czech Republic following the peaceful Velvet Revolution may well have missed out because fellow dissident Lech Walesa won the award in 1983.
  4. Ken Saro-Wiwa: Nigerian famous for his efforts to protect his Ogoni people and environment from exploitation from crude oil extraction.
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt: Advocate for civil rights and world peace. She was the first head of the UN Human Rights Commission. Nominated in 1947 and 1955.
  6. Corazon Aquino: Elected as the first female president of the Philippines following the peaceful People Power Revolution which ousted the autocratic ruler Ferdinand Marcos. She was Time magazine’s 1986 Person of the Year and nominated for the Nobel peace prize which went to Elie Wiesel that year.

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