American Nobel Peace Laureates
Honoring and Inspiring Peacemakers
The Nobel Peace Prize
"...to the person who shall have done the most or
the best work for fraternity between nations, for the
abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the
holding and promotion of peace congresses.
Alfred B. Nobel and the Nobel Peace Prize
Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-1896), a Swedish industrialist, engineer and chemist, was fluent in five languages by the age of 17, and wrote poetry and plays in his spare time. In the 1860s, he experimented with ways to stabilize highly volatile materials used in explosives to make them safer. By 1867, Alfred had invented and patented dynamite. Nobel set up factories around the world to manufacture explosives and made an enormous fortune.
In his will, Alfred Nobel established namesake prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace to reward human ingenuity. These prizes are recognized internationally as the most prestigious professional honor an individual or organization can receive.
Since 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded annually to individuals and organizations from
In 2004, John Attig founded the Nobel Peace Laureate Project. As a retired history teacher, Attig believed that people should honor peacemakers in the same way we honor war heroes. Attig gathered a group of grassroots supporters and contributors to make the peace park a reality. Attig also inspired the development of K-12 educational curriculums describing the accomplishments of the American Nobel Peace Laureates.
Endorsements were received from several of the Nobel Peace Laureates, Claes Nobel, and numerous city and state leaders. The City of Eugene Council unanimously endorsed plans for the Nobel Peace Plaza in 2006, and the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division made the two-acre site available. Construction began in 2010 with funding provided by donations and in-kind contributions. On April 27, 2013 the plaza was officially opened to the public.
For more information about the Nobel Peace
Laureate Project and its educational programs,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Peace.
Location. 44° 3.429′ N, 123° 4.891′ W. Marker is in Eugene, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker can be reached from Day Island Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Day Island Road, Eugene OR 97401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Theodore Roosevelt (1906) (a few steps from this marker); American Friends Service Committee (1947) (a few steps from this marker); Emily Balch (1946) (a few steps from this marker); Jody Williams (1997) (a few steps from this marker); The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (1997) (within shouting distance of this marker); Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cordell Hull (1945) (within shouting distance of this marker); International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (1985) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eugene.
More about this marker. The marker is located within the Nobel Peace Park, which is situated within Alton Baker Park, between the Defazio Bridge and Day Island Road.
Also see . . .
1. The Peace Park (Nobel Peace Laureate Project). (Submitted on October 6, 2020.)
2. Nobel Peace Laureate Project (YouTube, 8 min.). (Submitted on October 6, 2020.)
3. Alfred Nobel (Wikipedia). "Alfred Bernhard Nobel (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist. He held 355 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him. He owned Bofors, which he redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. Having read a premature obituary which condemned him for profiting from the sales of arms, he bequeathed his fortune to institute the Nobel Prize...." (Submitted on October 6, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.