Bio – Bernhard Getz

Getz, Bernhard
Public Prosecutor and Politician

Bernhard Getz became professor of criminal law at the University of Kristiania (Oslo) in 1876. He was engaged in the studies and teaching of constitutional and international law. One of the leading Norwegian jurists, he was appointed Norway’s first public prosecutor in 1889.

In 1884 Getz became one of the founders of Kristiania Konservative Forening, a conservative association in the Norwegian capital. He then served as member of the city council for several years. From 1887 he was an executive member of the council and its chairman in the period 1891-1892. Bernhard Getz was the first chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, but died shortly before the first Nobel prize was awarded in 1901.