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Statistical Analysis of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates by Fields (1901-2014)

by Palak Kaur BSc IT, PDDB Marketing

124 Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded to individuals or organizations in one or more fields between 1901 and 2013. The United States of America, France, and the United Kingdom have dominated the Peace Prizes in terms of birth country of the laureates as well as their affiliation at the time of award received, together accounting for about 35% of all Nobel Peace prizes.

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded in 7 different fields of Peace and Figure 1 showcases the percentage of Nobel Peace Prize laureates by these fields. Some of the laureates have won the Peace Prize for contributions in more than 1 field.


Figure 1 – Percentage of Nobel Laureates by Peace Fields

The following list provides the number of times the prize was awarded in each field:

  1. Peace Movement (awarded 39 times)
  2. Negotiation (33)
  3. World Organizing (26)
  4. Human Rights (25)
  5. Humanitarian Work (22)
  6. Arms Control and Disarmament (19)
  7. Women’s Rights (3)

Figure 2 provides an analysis of the country affiliation of the laureates in all the 7 fields during the time they received the prize. Statistics

Figure 2 – Distribution of Country of Affiliation for Peace Fields

Maximum prizes have been won in the Peace Movement and the Negotiation fields. France, Germany, and USA have winners in all the fields (except for Women’s Rights), whereas Liberia has 3 out of 4 laureates in Women’s Rights. Further, most of the nations have a large proportion of winners in Negotiation, Peace Movement, or World Organizing but little contributions in Human Rights while in South Africa, 50% of the achievers contributed to the Human Rights field.

Further analysis of decades in which the prizes were awarded (Figure 3) shows that Peace Prizes in the Peace Movement field were mainly awarded during the first half of the 20th century and in the Human Rights field were mainly awarded during the second half of the century. Awards in the Women’s Rights field were not given until the dawn of 21st century and prizes for Humanitarian work increased by a great percentage in the 1970s but drastically decreased again the next decade. Statistics

Figure 3 – Distribution of Nobel Peace Prize Fields by Decades

Additionally, analysis of collaboration for contributions in the various fields (Figure 4) shows that some prizes were awarded to individuals while others were shared by 2 or more laureates. Three contributors shared a prize mainly in the fields of Negotiation, Peace Movement, and Women’s Rights. Moreover, Negotiation and Peace Movement fields had more collaborative contributions as compared to the other fields such as Human Rights, Humanitarian Work, and World Organizing. (Figure 4 Interactive Pie chart link: ) Statistics

Figure 4 – Distribution of Nobel Peace Prize Fields by Prize Share

Lastly, out of the total, 25 organizations have received the Peace Prize. The age of the organizations at which they received the prize ranges from 3 (Figure 5) to 300 (not shown in graph) and the age of individuals for the same ranges from 30s to mid-80s with an average of 62.5. Statistics

Figure 5 – Age Comparison of Individuals and Organizations

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