Herman Smitt-Ingebretsen

Short biography

Smitt-Ingebretsen, Herman

1891 – 1961
Journalist and politician

Herman Smitt-Ingebretsen graduated from high school in 1911. He studied political economy at the University of Oslo but left the University to work as a journalist on the conservative newspaper Morgenbladet. From 1916 to 1936 he held leading positions on other conservative newspapers: Aftenposten, Fremskridt, and Stavangeren.

In 1936 he became Secretary General of Høyre, the conservative party. Nine years later he became co-editor of Morgenbladet after having returned from Sweden, where he had lived when Norway was occupied by Germany in 1940-1945.

Smitt Ingebretsen was a member of the Storting in 1945-1949, and was a member of the Norwegian delegation to the UN General Assembly in 1949 and 1952. From 1949 he served on the European Council in Strasbourg and was a delegate to the Interparliamentary Union. He was a deputy member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1945-1948, acting as a deputy for Halvard Lange in 1946 and for C.J. Hambro at the most important committee meeting in 1947.

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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