The Norwegian Nobel Committee 1901-2017

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a committee of five, appointed by the Storting (the Norwegian parliament).

Year Members/Substitutes Year of birth/death Political background
1901-1906 Løvland, Jørgen (Chairman) b. 1848
d. 1922
Liberal
Lund, John b. 1842
d. 1913
Liberal
Bjørnson, Bjørnstjerne b.1832
d. 1910
Liberal
Steen, Johannes b. 1827
d. 1906
Liberal
Horst, Hans Jakob b. 1848
d. 1931
Liberal
Remarks: In 1904 Carl Berner, President of the Storting, and Nikolaus Matias Gjelsvik (Secretary of the Norwegian delegation to the negotiations in 1905 which resulted in the dissolution of the Swedish-Norwegian union) acted as deputies for Bjørnson and Steen. Steen was replaced by Berner from 1905.
1907-1912 Løvland, Jørgen (Chairman) b. 1848
d. 1922
Liberal
Lund, John b. 1842
d. 1913
Liberal
Horst, Hans Jakob b. 1848
d. 1931
Liberal
Hagerup, Georg Francis b. 1853
d. 1921
Conservative
Berner, Carl b. 1841
d. 1918
Liberal
1913-1918 Løvland, Jørgen (Chairman) b. 1848
d. 1922
Liberal
Horst, Hans Jakob b. 1848
d. 1931
Liberal
Hagerup, Georg Francis b. 1853
d. 1921
Conservative
Berner, Carl b. 1841
d. 1918
Liberal
Hanssen, Cornelius Bernhard b. 1864
d. 1939
Liberal
Remark: Carl Berner died in 1918. He was replaced by Halvdan Koht.
1919-1920 Løvland, Jørgen (Chairman) b. 1848
d. 1922
Liberal
Horst, Hans Jakob b. 1848
d. 1931
Liberal
Hagerup, Georg Francis b. 1853
d. 1921
Conservative
Hanssen, Cornelius Bernhard b. 1864
d. 1939
Liberal
Koht, Halvdan b. 1873
d. 1965
Labour
Remark: In the final meeting in 1920, Wollert Konow acted as a deputy for Hagerup.
1921 Løvland, Jørgen (Chairman) b. 1848
d. 1922
Liberal
Horst, Hans Jakob b. 1848
d. 1931
Liberal
Hanssen, Cornelius Bernhard b. 1864
d. 1939
Liberal
Koht, Halvdan b. 1873
d. 1965
Labour
Stang, Fredrik b. 1867
d. 1941
Conservative
1922-1924 Stang, Fredrik (Chairman) b. 1867
d. 1941
Conservative
Hanssen, Cornelius Bernhard b. 1864
d. 1939
Liberal
Horst, Hans Jakob b. 1848
d. 1931
Liberal
Koht, Halvdan b. 1873
d. 1965
Labour
Konow, Wollert b. 1845
d. 1924
Liberal
Remark: When Konow died in 1924, he was replaced by deputy committee member Christian Holterman Knudsen (b. 1845; d. 1929, Labour)
1925-1930 Stang, Fredrik (Chairman) b. 1867
d. 1941
Conservative
Hanssen, Cornelius Bernhard b. 1864
d. 1939
Liberal
Horst, Hans Jakob b. 1848
d. 1931
Liberal
Koht, Halvdan b. 1873
d. 1965
Labour
Mowinckel, Johan Ludwig b. 1870
d. 1943
Liberal
1931-1933 Stang, Fredrik (Chairman) b. 1867
d. 1941
Conservative
Hanssen, Cornelius Bernhard b. 1864
d. 1939
Liberal
Koht, Halvdan b. 1873
d. 1965
Labour
Mowinckel, Johan Ludwig b. 1870
d. 1943
Liberal
Thallaug, Axel A. b. 1866
d. 1938
Conservative
1934-1937 Stang, Fredrik (Chairman) b. 1867
d. 1941
Conservative
Hanssen, Cornelius Bernhard b. 1864
d. 1939
Liberal
Koht, Halvdan b. 1873
d. 1965
Labour
Mowinchel, Johan Ludwig b. 1870
d. 1943
Liberal
Lange, Christian Lous b. 1869
d. 1938
Remark: In 1936, when the 1935 prize was awarded to Carl von Ossietzky, both Koht and Mowinchel withdrew from the committee.
1938-1939 Stang, Fredrik (Chairman) b. 1867
d. 1941
Conservative
Hanssen, Cornelius Bernhard b. 1864
d. 1939
Liberal
Lange, Christian Lous b. 1869
d. 1938
Jahn, Gunnar b. 1883
d. 1971
Liberal
Braadland, Birger b. 1879
d. 1966
Farmers’ Party (Bondepartiet)
Remarks: Martin Tranmæl replaced Lange in December 1938 and Anders Vassbotn replaced C.B.Hanssen in April 1939. Braadland was actually a deputy member of the Committee, but acted as a full member as H. Koht was serving as Norway’s Foreign Minister
1940 Stang, Fredrik (Chairman) b. 1867
d. 1941
Conservative
Jahn, Gunnar b. 1883
d. 1971
Liberal
Hambro, Carl Joachim b. 1885
d. 1964
Conservative
Tranmæl, Martin b. 1879
d. 1967
Labour
Braadland, Birger (see Remark under 1938) b. 1879
d. 1966
Farmers’ Party (Bondepartiet)
Remark: Koht, Hambro and Tranmæl fled Norway when the country was occupied by German troops from April 9, 1940.
1941 Stang, Fredrik (Chairman) b. 1867
d. 1941
Conservative
Jahn, Gunnar b. 1883
d. 1971
Liberal
(Koht, Halvdan) b. 1873
d. 1965
Labour
(Hambro, Carl Joachim) b. 1885
d. 1964
Conservative
(Tranmæl, Martin) b. 1879
d. 1967
Labour
1942 Jahn, Gunnar (Chairman) b. 1883
d. 1971
Liberal
Braadland, Birger b. 1879
d. 1966
Farmers’ Party (Bondepartiet)
(Koht, Halvdan) b. 1873
d. 1965
Labour
(Hambro, Carl Joachim) b. 1885
d. 1964
Conservative
(Tranmæl, Martin) b. 1879
d. 1967
Labour
1943-1944 Jahn, Gunnar (Chairman) b. 1883
d. 1971
Liberal
Braadland, Birger b. 1879
d. 1966
Farmers’ Party (Bondepartiet)
(Koht, Hambro & Tranmæl)
Remark: After an attempt by the Norwegian Quisling government to take over the functions of the Nobel Committee in January 1944, Jahn, Braadland and deputy member Vassbotn resigned. The Swedish consulate-general in Oslo, on behalf of the Nobel Foundation, formally took over the management of the Foundation’s property in the Norwegian capital.
1945-1948 Jahn, Gunnar (Chairman) b. 1883
d. 1971
Liberal
Hambro, Carl Joachim (on leave 1946) b. 1885
d. 1964
Conservative
Tranmæl, Martin b. 1879
d. 1967
Labour
Braadland, Birger b. 1879
d. 1966
The Farmers’ Party (Bondepartiet)
Lange, Halvard Manthey (on leave from 1946) b. 1902
d. 1970
Labour
Remarks: Deputy Member Christian Oftedal (b. 1907; d. 1955, Liberal) acted as a deputy for C.J. Hambro in 1946 and for Lange from 1947. Deputy Member Herman Smitt Ingebretsen (b. 1891; d. 1961, Conservative) acted as a deputy for Lange in 1946
1949-1963 Jahn, Gunnar (Chairman) b. 1883
d. 1971
Liberal
Hambro, Carl Joachim b. 1885
d. 1964
Conservative
Tranmæl, Martin b. 1879
d. 1967
Labour
Natvig Pedersen, Gustav b. 1893
d. 1965
Labour
Lionæs, Aase b. 1907
d. 1999
Labour
1964-1966 Jahn, Gunnar (Chairman) b. 1883
d. 1971
Liberal
Natvig Pedersen, Gustav b. 1893
d. 1965
Labour
Lionæs, Aase b. 1907
d. 1999
Labour
Langhelle, Nils b. 1907
d. 1967
Labour
Lyng, John (on leave from 1965) b. 1905
d. 1978
Conservative
Remarks: When Natvig Pedersen died in 1965, he was replaced by deputy member Helge Refsum. Erling Wikborg served as a deputy for Lyng when the latter became Foreign Minister in 1965.
1967 Langhelle, Nils (Chairman) b. 1907
d. 1967
Labour
Ingvaldsen, Bernt b. 1902
d. 1985
Conservative
Lionæs, Aase b. 1907
d. 1999
Labour
Refsum, Helge b. 1897
d. 1976
Rognlien, Helge b. 1920 Liberal
Remark: When Langhelle died in August 1967, Ingvaldsen replaced him as chairman and Erling Wikborg became a new member of the Committee.
1968-1969 Lionæs, Aase (Chairman) b. 1907
d. 1999
Labour
Ingvaldsen, Bernt b. 1902
d. 1985
Conservative
Refsum, Helge b. 1897
d. 1976
Rognlien, Helge b. 1920 Liberal
Wikborg, Erling b. 1894
d. 1992
Christian People’s Party
1970-1972 Lionæs, Aase (Chairman) b. 1907
d. 1999
Labour
Ingvaldsen, Bernt b. 1902
d. 1985
Conservative
Refsum, Helge b. 1897
d. 1976
Rognlien, Helge b. 1920 Liberal
Sanness, John b. 1913
d. 1984
Labour
1973 Lionæs, Aase (Chairman) b. 1907
d. 1999
Labour
Ingvaldsen, Bernt b. 1902
d. 1985
Conservative
Rognlien, Helge b. 1920 Liberal
Sanness, John. b. 1913
d. 1984
Labour
Hovdhaugen, Einar b. 1908
d. 1996
Center Party (New name of the Farmers’ Party)
1974-1975 Lionæs, Aase (Chairman) b. 1907
d. 1999
Labour
Ingvaldsen, Bernt b. 1902
d. 1985
Conservative
Sanness, John b. 1913
d. 1984
Labour
Aarvik, Egil b. 1912
d. 1990
Christian People’s Party
Haugeland, Trygve b. 1914
d. 1998
Center Party
1976-1978 Lionæs, Aase (Chairman) b. 1907
d. 1999
Labour
Aarvik, Egil b. 1912
d. 1990
Christian People’s Party
Sanness, John b. 1913
d. 1984
Labour
Haugeland, Trygve b. 1914
d. 1998
Center Party
Lindebrække, Sjur b. 1909
d. 1998
Conservative
1979-1981 Sanness, John (Chairman) b. 1913
d. 1984
Labour
Aarvik, Egil b. 1912
d. 1990
Christian People’s Party
Haugeland, Trygve

b. 1914

d. 1998

Center Party
Lindebrække, Sjur b. 1909
d. 1998
Conservative
Germeten, Else b. 1918
d. 1992
Labour
1982-1984 Aarvik, Egil (Chairman) b. 1912
d. 1990
Christian People’s Party
Anderson, Gidske b. 1921
d. 1993
Labour
Haugeland, Trygve b. 1914
d. 1998
Center Party
Germeten, Else b. 1918
d. 1992
Labour
Sejersted, Francis b. 1936 Conservative
1985-1989 Aarvik, Egil (Chairman) b. 1912
d. 1990
Christian People’s Party
Anderson, Gidske b. 1921
d. 1993
Labour
Sejersted, Francis b. 1936 Conservative
Nordli, Odvar b. 1927 Labour
Stålsett, Gunnar b. 1935 Center Party
1990 Anderson, Gidske (president) b. 1921
d. 1993
Labour
Sejersted, Francis b. 1936 Conservative
Nordli, Odvar b. 1927 Labour
Stålsett, Gunnar Center Party
Sandegren, Kaare b. 1929 Labour
1991-1993 Sejersted, Francis (Chairman) b. 1936 Conservative
Anderson, Gidske (Dep. Chairman until she died in October 1993) b. 1921
d. 1993
Labour
Nordli, Odvar b. 1927 Labour
Kristiansen, Kåre b. 1920 Christian People’s Party
Kvanmo, Hanna (Dep. Chairman from October 1993) b. 1926
d. 2005
Socialist Left Party
Sandegren, Kaare (from October 1993) b. 1929 Labour
1994-1996 Sejersted, Francis (Chairman) b. 1936 Conservative
Kvanmo, Hanna (Dep. Chairman) b. 1926
d. 2005
Socialist Left Party
Nordli, Odvar b. 1927 Labour
Rønbeck, Sissel (on leave from October 1996, when she became member of the Norwegian Government) b. 1950 Labour
Kristiansen, Kaare (In October 1994, Kristiansen resigned in protest against that year’s award.) b. 1920 Christian People’s Party
Stålsett, Gunnar (new member after the resignation of Kristiansen in October 1994) Center Party
Sandegren, Kaare (from October 1996) b. 1929 Labour
1997-
1998
Sejersted, Francis (Chairman) b. 1936 Conservative
Kvanmo, Hanna (Dep. Chairman) b. 1926
d. 2005
Socialist Left Party
Stålsett, Gunnar b. 1935 Center Party
Rønbeck, Sissel (on leave until November 1997) b. 1950 Labour
Berge, Gunnar b. 1940 Labour
Kostøl, Esther (until November 1997) b. 1936 Labour
1999 Sejersted, Francis (Chairman) b. 1936 Conservative
Berge, Gunnar (Dep. Chairman) b. 1940 Labour
Kvanmo, Hanna b. 1926
d. 2005
Socialist Left Party
Stålsett, Gunnar b. 1935 Center Party
Rønbeck, Sissel b. 1950 Labour
2000-2002 Berge, Gunnar (Chairman) b. 1940 Labour
Stålsett, Gunnar (Dep. Chairman) b. 1935 Center Party
Kvanmo, Hanna b. 1926
d. 2005
Socialist Left Party
Rønbeck, Sissel b. 1950 Labour
Ytterhorn, Inger-Marie b. 1941 Progress Party
2003-2005 Mjøs, Ole Danbolt (Chairman) b. 1939 Christian People’s Party
Furre, Berger Ragnar (Dep. Chairman) b. 1937 Socialist Left Party
Five, Kaci Kullman b. 1951 Conservative
Rønbeck, Sissel b. 1950 Labour
Ytterhorn, Inger-Marie b. 1941 Progress Party
2006-2008 Mjøs, Ole Danbolt (Chairman) b. 1939 Christian People’s Party
Furre, Berger Ragnar (Dep. Chairman) b. 1937 Socialist Left Party
Five, Kaci Kullman b. 1951 Conservative
Rønbeck, Sissel b. 1950 Labour
Ytterhorn, Inger-Marie b. 1941 Progress Party
2009-2011 Jagland, Thorbjørn (Chairman) b. 1950 Labour
Five, Kaci Kullmann (Dep. Chairman) b. 1951 Conservative
Valle, Ågot b. 1945 Socialist Left Party
Rønbeck, Sissel b. 1941 Labour
Ytterhorn, Inger-Marie b. 1941 Progress Party
2012-2014 Jagland, Thorbjørn (Chairman) b. 1950 Labour
Five, Kaci Kullmann (Dep. Chairman) b. 1951 Conservative
Ytterhorn, Inger-Marie b. 1941 Progress Party
Reiss-Andersen, Berit b. 1954 Labour
Stålsett, Gunnar b. 1935 Center Party
2015-2017 Five, Kaci Kullmann (Chair) b. 1951 Conservative
Reiss-Andersen, Berit (Dep. Chair) b. 1954 Labour
Ytterhorn, Inger-Marie b. 1941 Progress Party
Syse, Henrik b. 1966 Conservative
Jagland, Thorbjørn b. 1950 Labour