Francis Sejersted

Short biography

Sejersted, Francis

1936 – 2015


As a historian, Sejersted has published numerous works, primarily on modern Norwegian history. He was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1982-1999, its chairman from 1991.

Francis Sejersted got his history in 1971. He became a reader at the University of Oslo in 1971 and professor in social and economic history from 1973. From 1983 until 1988, he was chairman of Forskningspolitisk Råd, a public council that advised the government on Norwegian research. Sejersted was director of the Center for Technology and Human Values at the University of Oslo in1988-1998 and was chairman of the publicly appointed Commission of Free Speech in 1996-1999.

Francis Sejersted

Francis Sejersted

Photo: Knudsens fotosenter. © The Norwegian Nobel Committee

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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,, Oslo 1999