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The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
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Martin Luther King Jr. - Did You Know?


The Way to the Nobel Peace Prize

- Martin Luther King, Jr. was nominated for the first time in 1964, the same year as he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- In total there were 43 nominees.
- He received two nominations: From the American Friends of Service Committee and from eight members of the Swedish Parliament.

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The Award

Along with the gold medal and the Nobel Diploma, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded 273 000 Swedish kronor which at that time was about 53 000 US dollar. The Nobel Prize amount for 2015 was set at Swedish kronor 8.0 million per full Nobel Prize.

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Awarded for the struggle against racism

Born in January

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on 15 January 1929. There are three more Nobel Laureates who share his birthday.

Lars Olof Jonathan (Nathan) Söderblom, Swedish bishop
Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist
Martin Chalfie, American scientist

Who do you share your birthday with?
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The then Youngest Laureate

Martin Luther King, Jr. was 35 years old when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was then the youngest Peace Prize Laureate since 1901.
See all the other Nobel Laureates who were 35 years old when awarded the Nobel Prize:

Physics Laureates:
Guglielmo Marconi
Max von Laue
Arthur H. Compton
Chen Ning Yang
Chemistry Laureate:
Frédéric Joliot

Since 2014 the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is Malala Yousafzai, being 17 years old when being awarded.

The Peace Prize in Numbers*

97 Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded since 1901.
66 Peace Prizes have been given to one Laureate only.
29 Peace Prizes have been shared by two Laureates.
2 Peace Prizes has been shared between three persons.
130 Laureates have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize:
104 individuals and
26 organizations.

Since Comité International de la Croix Rouge (International Committee of the Red Cross) was awarded three times and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was awarded twice there are 104 individuals and 23 organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

* Facts for the Nobel Peace Prize 1901-2016.

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