Top 10 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Ten of the greatest Nobel Peace Prize winners

gorbachev 1. Mikhail Gorbachev (1990) For the transition of Soviet Communism to democracy and allowing freedom for Eastern Europe.

Nelson_Mandela 2. Nelson Mandela (1993). Awarded jointly with F W de Klerk, Nelson Mandela was awarded the peace prize for his role in ending apartheid and making a peaceful transition to full democracy.

MotherTeresa_ 3. Mother Teresa (1979) For her work in serving the poor in India and other parts of the world.

Woodrow_Wilson 4. Woodrow Wilson (1919) For his role in founding the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations.

amnesty-international 5. Amnesty International (1977) For its work in preventing torture and abuses of human rights.

Desmond_tutu 6. Desmond Tutu (1984). For his role in non violently opposing the apartheid system.

Martin_Luther_King_Jr 7. Martin Luther King (1964). For the peaceful opposition to racial discrimination.

dalai-lama 8. The 14th Dalai Lama (1989) For peaceful resistance to Chinese rule in Tibet.

shirin-ebadi 9. Shirin Ebadi. (2003) Iranian lawyer working for human rights in Iran.

Kofi_Annan 10. Kofi Annan (2001) United Nations Secretary General from 1997-2007. For his work at promoting peace and conflict resolution. Personally great skills in mediation and remaining calm.


Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. “Top Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners”, Oxford, UK – Published 27th November 2014. Last updated 18 February 2018.

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peaceNobel Prize winners – Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu and Mother Teresa.

leo-Tolstoy_1856 Famous pacifists – People who refused to fight and people who supported different forms of pacifism. Includes Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi.

gandhi People who promoted world peace – People who have made a great contribution to creating a more peaceful world. Including Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, Malala Yousafzai Pope John Paul II and Mikhail Gorbachev.