Einar Hovdhaugen

Short biography

Hovdhaugen, Einar

1908 – 1996
Farmer, writer and politician
Center Party

Einar Hovdhaugen was Secretary General of the Farmer’s Party (later renamed the Center Party) in 1946-1949. He was a member of the Storting in 1958-1969. Hovdhaugen was engaged in cultural affairs and was a member of several public commissions dealing with matters ranging from media policy to state-subsidized theatre for rural areas in Norway. He has published both literary and historical works, especially books on Norwegian emigration.

Einar Hovdhaugen was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1973. He resigned after having opposed the award to Kissinger and Le Duc Tho.

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The biographical sketches of the Norwegian Nobel Committee members were written by Sølvi Glendrange and edited by Øyvind Tønnesson. They are based on the following sources:
– Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (Norwegian Biographical Encyclopaedia), Oslo 1923-1983
– Hvem er Hvem? (The Norwegian “Who’s Who”), several editions
– Aschehoug og Gyldendals Store Norske Leksikon (The Norwegian National Encyclopaedia), Kunnskapsforlaget, 2nd and 3rd edition, Oslo 1989/1995-1999
– Kunnskapsforlagets Nettleksikon (the Web Encyclopedia of Kunnskapsforlaget, www.kunnskapsforlaget.no), Oslo 1999