John Daniel Fürstenberg Lyng

Short biography

Lyng, John Daniel Fürstenberg

1905 – 1978
Jurist and politician

John Daniel Fürstenberg Lyng got his law degree in 1927. In the 1930s he was engaged in local politics in Trondheim. During the German occupation of Norway in 1940-1945, he took refuge in Sweden and after the war became public prosecutor in a number of trials against leading traitors in Norway. In 1947 he became barrister at the Norwegian Supreme Court.

Lyng was elected to the Storting in 1945-1953 and in 1958-1965. In 1963 he was Prime Minister in a non-socialist coalition government for one month. Two years later, he became Foreign Minister and held that position until 1970. John Lyng was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1964-1965 at the same time that he was a member of the Norwegian Government.

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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