Carlos Saavedra Lamas Biography
(First Latin American Nobel Peace Prize Recipient)
Birthday: November 1, 1878 (Scorpio)
Born In: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carlos Saavedra Lamas was an Argentine politician, diplomat, labour rights legislator, international law expert and the first Latin American Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He went on to become one of the most influential men in modern Argentine history. Lamas belonged to an aristocratic family of Argentine patriots and excelled at school before studying law at the University of Buenos Aires and then started off as a professor at the University of La Plata. Lamas was not only a legal eagle but also someone who was seriously involved in reforming the condition of workers in his own country and was active in bringing about legislation in relation to labour laws in the country. He was also a supporter of the International Labour Organisation and also served as its president at one point. Lamas had also served as the foreign minister of Argentina in the 1930s and during that time he really showed is skills as an international law expert and a diplomat. During his time as foreign minister he helped in bringing to an end a damaging war among two South American countries and it is one of the reasons why he is regarded as one of the most influential diplomats of his generation.