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 WinnersYearKey FactsNationality / CountryOrder
Henry Dunant1901Co-founder of the Red Cross with Gustave Moynier.Switzerland / France.1st.
Frédéric Passy1901IPB Council Member.France.1st.
Élie Ducommun1902Élie Ducommun was the IPB’s first Secretary-General.Switzerland.2nd.
Charles Albert Gobat1902Albert Bobat was the IPB’s second Secretary-General.Switzerland.2nd.
Sir William Randal Cremer1903Co-founder of the International Arbitration League.Great Britain.3rd.
Institute of International Law.1904The ILL was founded by 11 lawyers in 1873 in Ghent, Belgium on has been nominated 59 times to date.Worldwide.4th.
Baroness Bertha von Suttner1905IPB Vice-President and founder of the permanent International Peace Bureau IPB Organization in Bern.Austria.5th.
Theodore Roosevelt1906Theodore Roosevelt was USA President 1901-1901. Won Noble peace prize for the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth.United States.6th.
Ernesto T. Moneta1907IPB Council MemberItaly.7th.
Louis Renault1907France.7th.
Klas P. Arnoldson1908Sweden.8th.
Fredrik Bajer1908First IPB President.Denmark.8th.
Auguste M. F. Beernaert1909Belgium.9th.
Paul H. B. B. d’Estournelles de Constant1909France.9th.
International Peace Bureau.1910International Peace Bureau IPB Organization.International organization.10th.
Tobias M. C. Asser1911IPB Council Member.Netherlands.11th.
Alfred H. Fried1911IPB Council Member.Austria.11th.
Elihu Root1912United States.12th.
Henri La Fontaine1913IPB 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.1917ICRC 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 Wilson1919United States.15th.
Léon V. A. Bourgeois1920France.16th.
Karl H. Branting1921Sweden.17th.
Christian L. Lange1921Norway.17th.
Fridtjof Nansen1922Norway.18th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1923
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1924
Sir J. Austen Chamberlain1925Great Britain.19th.
Charles G. Dawes1925United States.19th.
Aristide Briand1926France.20th.
Gustav Stresemann1926Germany.20th.
Ferdinand E. Buisson1927France.21st.
Ludwig Quidde1927IPB Council Member.Germany.21st.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1928
Frank Billings Kellogg1929United States.22nd.
Nathan Söderblom1930Lars Olof Jonathan (Nathan) SöderblomSweden.23rd.
Jane Addams1931United States.24th.
Nicholas Murray Butler1931United States.24th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1932
Sir Norman Angell1933Sir Norman Angell (Ralph Lane)Great Britain.25th.
Arthur Henderson1934Great Britain.26th.
Carl von Ossietzky1935Germany.27th.
Carlos de Saavedra Lamas1936Argentina.28th.
Viscount Cecil of Chelwood1937Cecil of Chelwood, Viscount (Lord Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne Cecil)Great Britain.29th.
Nansen International Office for Refugees.1938International 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.1944ICRC 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 Hull1945United States.32nd.
Emily Greene Balch1946United States.33rd.
John Raleigh Mott1946United States.33rd.
Friends Service Council1947The Quakers.Great Britain.34th.
American Friends Service Committee.1947The Quakers.United States.34th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1948
Lord John Boyd Orr of Brechin Mearns1949Great Britain.35th
Ralph J. Bunche1950United States.36th.
Léon Jouhaux1951France.37th.
Albert Schweitzer1952France.38th.
George Catlett Marshall1953United States.39th.
Office of UN High Commission for Refugees.1954UN organization.Worldwide.40th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1955
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1956
Lester Bowles Pearson1957Canada.41st.
Georges Pire1958Belgium.42nd.
Philip J. Noel-Baker1959IPB Vice-President.Great Britain.43rd.
Albert John Luthuli1960South Africa.44th.
Dag Hammarskjöld1961Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was Secretary General of UN.Sweden.45th.
Linus Carl Pauling1962IPB Vice-President.United States.46th.
International Committee of the Red Cross.1963ICRC 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.1963International organization.International organization.47th.
Martin Luther King Jr.1964United States.48th.
UNICEF.1965UN organization..International organization.49th.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1966
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winners.1967
René Cassin1968France.50th.
International Labor Organization.1969International organization..International organization.51st.
Norman E. Borlaug1970United States.52nd.
Willy Brandt1971Willy Brandt was Chancellor of Germany (1969-1974).Germany.53rd.
NO Nobel Peace Prize Winner.1972
Henry Kissinger1973United States.54th.
Le Duc Tho1973North Vietnam.54th.
Eisaku Sato1974Japan.55th.
Sean MacBride1974Sean 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 Sakharov1975Soviet Union.56th.
Mairead Corrigan1976Northern Ireland.57th.
Betty Williams1976Northern Ireland.57th.
Amnesty International.1977Amnesty International is an international organization.International organization.58th.
Anwar Sadat1978Anwar 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 Begin1978Menachem 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 Calcutta1979Albania / India.60th.
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel1980Argentina.61st.
Office of UN High Commission for Refugees.1981International organization.International organization.62nd.
Alva Myrdal1982IPB Vice-President.Sweden.63rd.
Alfonso Garcia Robles1982Mexico.63rd.
Lech Walesa, President of Poland1983Poland.64th.
Bishop Desmond Tutu1984Bishop Desmond Mpilo TutuSouth Africa.65th.
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.1985International organization.United States.66th.
Elie Wiesel1986Elie 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 Sanchez1987Costa Rica.68th.
UN Peacekeeping Forces.1988UN organization..International organization..69th.
Dalai Lama1989The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Tibet.70th.
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev1990As 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 Kyi1991Aung 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 Menchú1992Rigoberta 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 Klerk1993As 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 Mandela1993Nelson 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 Arafat1994Yasir 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 Peres1994Shimon 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 Rabin1994Yitzhak 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 Rotblat1995Polish 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.1995Scholars 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 Belo1996Bishop 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-Horta1996José 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 Williams1997Jody 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.1997ICBL, 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 Hume1998John 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 Trimble1998David 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 Frontiéres1999MSF 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-jung2000Kim 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 Nations2001The 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 Annan2001UN 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” Carter2002Former 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 Ebadi2003Shirin 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 Maathai2004Wangari Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”.Kenya.85th.
International Atomic Energy Agency.2005IAEA International organization.Austria.86th.
Mohamed ElBaradei2005As Director General of the IAEA Mohamed ElBaradei shares the 2005 Nobel peace prize with the International Atomic Energy Agency.Egypt.86th.
Muhammad Yunus2006Muhammad Yunus shares the 2006 Nobel peace prize with Grameen Bank “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below”.Bangladesh.87th.
Grameen Bank2006Grameen 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.2007International organization.Switzerland.88th.
Albert Arnold Gore Jr.2007Albert Arnold Gore Jr.United States.88th.
Martti Ahtisaari2008Martti 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 Obama2009Barack Obama, former USS 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 Xiaobo2010Liu 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 Sirleaf2011Ellen 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 Gbowee2011Leymah 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 Karman2011Tawakkol 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 Union2012The 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.2013International organization.International organization.94th.
Kailash Satyarthi2014Kailash 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 Yousafzai2014Malala 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.2015A 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.2016Juan 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.2017ICAN 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 2018Denis 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 Murad2018Nadia 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 Ali2019Abiy Ahmed Ali, the current Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was awarded Nobel peace prize for his efforts to end conflict with neighboring Eritrea.Ethiopia.100th.
2020The 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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