Peace is something the whole world has been craving for, since time immemorial, be it between nations or individuals belonging to a family. The world has witnessed several man-made catastrophes over the past two centuries, in the form of wars, shootouts, mass suicides, terrorist attacks and many other unfortunate incidents. In these turbulent times, when the growing tensions between many countries are giving rise to speculations such as the possibility of World War III, a few individuals are trying hard to promote peace. The Nobel Peace Prize is an initiative aimed at appreciating their efforts. Activist Martin Luther King Jr, writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mother Teresa and Rudyard Kipling are a few Nobel Peace Prize winners. Mother Teresa founded the ‘Missionaries of Charity’ several decades ago. Based in India, this NGO has been responsible for the rescue and rehabilitation of hundreds of orphaned children. Martin Luther King Jr has fought tooth and nail against the oppression of the blacks and he still continues to be a hero.
Barack ObamaBarack Obama
(44th U.S. President)

04 August 1961

American

Kofi AnnanKofi Annan
(Former UN Secretary General)

08 April 1938

Ghanaian

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela
(Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa)

18 July 1918

South African

Mother TeresaMother Teresa
(Founder of Missionaries of Charity)

26 August 1910

Albanian,Indian

Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt
(26th U.S. President)

27 October 1858

American

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
(Former President of the former USSR)

02 March 1931

Russian,Russian

Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson
(Father of the League of Nations)

28 December 1856

American

Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi
(Political Leader (Freedom Fighter) of Myanmar)

19 June 1945

Burmese

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
(Anti-Apartheid Activist)

07 October 1931

South African

Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat
(1st President of the Palestinian National Authority)

24 August 1929

Palestinian

Elie WieselElie Wiesel
(Writer)

30 September 1928

Romanian,American

Norman BorlaugNorman Borlaug
(Father of the Green Revolution)

25 March 1914

American

Yitzhak RabinYitzhak Rabin
(5th Prime Minister of Israel)

01 March 1922

Israeli

Jane AddamsJane Addams

06 September 1860

American

George MarshallGeorge Marshall
(Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army)

31 December 1880

American

Muhammad YunusMuhammad Yunus

28 June 1940

Bangladeshi

Shimon PeresShimon Peres
(Former President of Israel)

02 August 1923

Israeli

Albert SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer
(Philosopher, Theologian)

14 January 1875

French

Menachem BeginMenachem Begin
(Former Prime Minister of Israel)

16 August 1913

Israeli

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
(Africa’s First Elected Female Head of State)

29 October 1938

Liberian

Willy BrandtWilly Brandt
(Former Chancellor of Germany)

18 December 1913

German

Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo
(Chinese Human Rights Activist)

28 December 1955

Chinese

Juan Manuel SantosJuan Manuel Santos
(President of Colombia)

10 August 1951

Colombian

Wangari MaathaiWangari Maathai
(Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

01 April 1940

Kenyan

John HumeJohn Hume
(Politician)

18 January 1937

Irish

Rigoberta MenchúRigoberta Menchú
(Activist,Politician,Author)

09 January 1959

Guatemalan

Lester B. PearsonLester B. Pearson
(14th Prime Minister of Canada)

23 April 1897

Canadian

Gustav StresemannGustav Stresemann
(Chancellor of Germany)

10 May 1878

German

Henry DunantHenry Dunant
(Founder of the Red Cross)

08 May 1828

Swiss

Cordell HullCordell Hull
(Secretary of State, USA)

02 October 1871

American

Martti Oiva Kalevi AhtisaariMartti Ahtisaari
(Former President of Finland)

23 June 1937

Finnish

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
(Human Rights Activist)

21 June 1947

Iranian

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
(American Political Scientist and Diplomat)

07 August 1903

American

Mohamed ElBaradeiMohamed ElBaradei
(Former Director of IAEA & Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

17 June 1942

Egyptian

Carl von OssietzkyCarl von Ossietzky
(German Pacifist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

03 October 1889

German

Leymah GboweeLeymah Gbowee
(Peace activist)

01 February 1972

Liberian

David TrimbleDavid Trimble
(First Minister of Northern Ireland)

15 October 1944

British

Jody Williams Jody Williams
(Political & Peace Activist)

09 October 1950

American

Arthur HendersonArthur Henderson
(Politician)

13 September 1863

British

Aristide BriandAristide Briand
(Prime Minister)

28 March 1862

French

Mairead MaguireMairead Maguire
(Peace Activist)

27 January 1944

Irish

Frank B. KelloggFrank B. Kellogg
(Lawyer, Politician)

22 December 1856

American

Henri La FontaineHenri La Fontaine
(Socialist, Senator, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

22 April 1854

Belgian

Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
(Philosopher, Educator)

02 April 1862

American

Alva MyrdalAlva Myrdal
(Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

31 January 1902

Swedish

Adolfo Pérez EsquivelAdolfo Pérez Esquivel
(Human Rights Activist)

26 November 1931

Argentinian

Emily Greene BalchEmily Greene Balch
(Social Activist)

08 January 1867

American

Carlos Saavedra LamasCarlos Saavedra Lamas
(First Latin American Nobel Peace Prize Recipient)

01 November 1878

Argentinian

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
(Former President of Poland)

29 September 1943

Polish

Betty WilliamsBetty Williams
(President of the ‘World Centers of Compassion for Children’ and Founder of 'Community for Peace People')

22 May 1943

Northern Irish

Kim Dae Jung Kim Dae Jung
(Former President of South Korea)

03 December 1925

South Korean

Oscar Arias SanchezOscar Arias Sanchez
(President of Costa Rica)

13 September 1940

Costa Rican

Louis RenaultLouis Renault
(Founder of Renault)

12 February 1877

French

Fridtjof NansenFridtjof Nansen
(Zoologist, Polar explorer, Diplomat, Explorer, Professor, Scientist, Politician, Educationist, Photographer)

10 October 1861

Norwegian

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche

1904 AD

American

Ludwig QuiddeLudwig Quidde

German

Hjalmar BrantingHjalmar Branting
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

23 November 1860

Swedish

Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
(Historian, Political scientist, Writer)

17 September 1869

Norwegian

Klas Pontus ArnoldsonKlas Pontus Arnoldson
(Politician, Journalist, Writer, Non-fiction writer)

27 October 1844

Swedish