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Nobel Peace Prize Winners

This prize has been awarded annually since 1901 to a person who has, in the opinion of a committee of the Norwegian parliament, made a significant contribution to the promotion of peace.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi (born 1945)

    Burmese dissident and human-rights activist.

    • 1991 Nobel Prize winner for Peace
  • Bertha von Suttner (born 1843, died 1914)

    Austrian author and editor. Wrote the novel Lay Down Your Arms, 1889.

    • First woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, 1905
  • Betty Williams (born 1944)

    Irish peace activist. Co-founder of Peace People, an organization dedicated to ending the fighting in Northern Ireland.

    • 1976 Nobel Prize winner for Peace
  • Emily G. Balch (born 1867, died 1961)

    American economist and sociologist. Honorary president of the Women's International League for Peace, 1936-61.

    • 1946 Nobel Prize winner for Peace
  • Jane Addams (born 1860, died 1935)

    American social reformer and peace advocate. Ran Hull House, 1889-1935.

    • 1931 Nobel Prize winner for Peace
  • Mairead Corrigan (born 1944)

    Irish peace activist.

    • 1976 Nobel Prize winner for Peace
  • Rigoberta Menchú (born 1959)

    Guatemalan Quiché Indian whose father, mother, and brother were tortured and murdered by the Guatemalan government. Activist for the rights of Guatemala's indigenous people.

    • 1992 Nobel Prize winner for Peace
  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta (born 1910, died 1997)

    Albanian missionary who founded schools, orphanages, shelters and clinics in India, ministering to ''the poorest of the poor.'' Original name: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhu.

    • 1979 Nobel Prize winner for Peace
  • Jody Williams

    American social activist. Coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

    • 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner

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