Helge Rognlien

Short biography

Rognlien, Helge

1920 – 2001
Jurist and politician
Liberal

Helge Rognlien received his law degree in 1945. He was chairman of Unge Venstre, the youth organisation of the Liberal Party in 1946-1948. From 1952 until 1960 he was a teacher and in 1960, he became chief welfare officer in Bærum, a local community just outside Oslo. He held that position until 1967, when he became chairman of Trygderetten, the National Health Insurance Court. From 1972 he worked as a judge until his retirement.

Rognlien was engaged in local politics as a representative of the Liberal Party in 1956-1960 and in 1976-1979, and he was a member of the non-socialist coalition government in 1970-1971. He was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1966. He resigned from the committee in 1973 after having opposed the award to Henry 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