The Nobel Prize is a set of international awards given for a number of categories by Scandinavian committees for scientific and cultural endeavors. It has been named after Alfred Nobel who was a Swedish engineer, chemist, innovator and manufacturer most widely known for the invention of the dynamite. The Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway while the other prizes are given away in Stockholm, Sweden. There have been notable politicians who have been graced with the prestigious honor. Here is the list of the top 10 politicians who won the Nobel Prize.
10. Al Gore:Albert Arnold Gore popularly known as Al Gore, served as the 45th Vice President under President Bill Clinton from 1993-2001. Currently an author and environmental activist, Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on mobilizing public awareness on Global Warming despite his work receiving serious criticism. There has always been some contention on whether or not his work in the area of Global Warming has served the stated purpose of the prize. (img source: locatealawyer.com)
9. Woodrow Wilson:The 28th President of the United States will be best remembered for being instrumental in the formation of the League of Nations following the World War I (1914-1918). Woodrow Wilson initially kept America out of the war but had to eventually give in. Although US participated in the last two years of the war, Wilson was in control of negotiations with Germany at the time. In 1919 he was involved in the shaping of the Treaty of Versailles and formation of the League of Nations. The same year he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the latter. (img source: blog.heritage.org)
8. Yasser Arafat:Yasser Arafat was a Palestinian leader who served as the Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and as the President of the Palestinian National Authority. In 1994 he won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin at Oslo for their joint efforts in creating peace and restoring normalcy in the Middle East. After his victory, a Nobel Committee member stepped down in protest at the awarding of the prize to him, whom he labeled as a “terrorist”. (img source: nydailynews.com)
7. Jimmy Carter:The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize and was only the second to have achieved this feat after leaving office. He won the prize for his untiring efforts to ensure peaceful solutions to international conflicts, advocating for democracy and human rights and the promotion of economic and social development. Throughout his life, Jimmy Carter had traveled extensively to conduct peaceful negotiations and was instrumental in devising plans to combat terror and eradicate diseases worldwide. (img source: serene-musings.blogspot.com)
6. Barack Obama:In 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the 44th and the current United States President, Barack Obama for his efforts to “strengthen international diplomacy and foster cooperation between peoples”. Due importance was given to Obama’s vision of a world without nuclear weapons. Obama’s presidential reign ushered in an era of peaceful negotiations and amicable settlement of issues, which played a huge part in him winning the prestigious honor.
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