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Henri La Fontaine

The Nobel Peace Prize 1913

Lawyer, Socialist, Parliamentarian, Peace Activist. International Peace Bureau. Internationalism, "An Intellectual Parliament" for Humanity. Cofounder, Institut international de bibliographie. Education. Women's rights. Labor. Cultural achievements.

When Germany invaded Belgium, 1914, "Peoples will be as before, the sheep sent to the slaughterhouses or to the meadows as it pleases the shepherds."

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Nobel Prize for Peace for the work of Henri in the International Peace Bureau (Geneva), 1913. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Nobel Prize for Peace for the work of Henri in the International Peace Bureau (Genova), 1913. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Nobel Prize for Peace for the work of Henri in the International Peace Bureau (Genova), 1913. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Henri La Fontaine and Ludwig Quidde (1858-1941 - historian, writer, German liberal politician, pacifist, Nobel Peace Prize in 1927), at the Opening Session of the XXIIIrd Universal Peace Congress in the Reichstag Room, Berlin, 1924 (Photography Continental Photo, Berlin). Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Henri La Fontaine, undated (photography Géruzet Frères, Bruxelles). Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Portrait of Leonie La Fontaine, sister of Henri La Fontaine, 1900. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Français : Lénie La Fontaine, sister of Henri La Fontaine, 1910. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Paul Otlet, Henri La Fontaine and Mathilde Lhoest, his wife, outside the gates of Palais Mondial, in Cinquantenaire (Brussel). 1930. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Henri La Fontaine and his wife, Mathilde Lhoest, undated (photography Émile Dieudonné, American Photographie Salon, Bern). Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Henri La Fontaine at the IXth International Conference of Bibliography held in Zurich, 1930. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Henri La Fontaine in front of the Reichstag room in Berlin, where the XXIIIrd Universal Peace Congress is held, 1924 (photography R. Horlemann). Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Excursion in the mountains: stop at hotel-chalet of the Plan de l'Aiguille (France), August 1930. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.
'A mountaineer, he wrote about climbing, compiled an international bibliography of "Alpinism" and served as president of the Club Alpin Belge [Belgian Alpine Club].'

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Membership card delivered to Henri La Fontaine by the Belgian Alpine Club for the year 1935. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.
'A mountaineer, he wrote about climbing, compiled an international bibliography of "Alpinism" and served as president of the Club Alpin Belge [Belgian Alpine Club].'

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Henri La Fontaine, Frits Donker Duyvis (1894-1961 - International Federation of Documentation) and Charles Sustrac (1874-1951 - curator of the Sainte-Geneviève Library in Paris; founder of the Association of French Librarians, secretary of the French office of the IIB). Photo taken in Brussels in 1934. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Henri La Fontaine, circa 1885 (photographer Hamesse, Brussels). Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Henri La Fontaine and his wife in the dining room of their house on the Vergote Square, 1932. Source: Mundaneum/Wikimedia Commons.

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Name: Henri La Fontaine
Birth: 22 April 1854, Brussels, Belgium
Death: 14 May 1943, Brussels, Belgium
Residence at the time of the award: Belgium
Role: President, Permanent International Peace Bureau, Berne, Switzerland. Member, Belgian Parliament (Sénateur)
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