Christian Lous Lange
Norwegian peace advocate, secretary-general of the Inter-Parliamentary
Union (1909-33), and cowinner (with Karl Branting) of the Nobel Prize
for Peace in 1921.
Lange graduated in languages from the University of Oslo in 1893 and
in 1919 received a doctorate for a thesis on the history of internationalism.
He served as secretary (1900-09) to the Nobel Committee in Oslo and
was instrumental in organizing the library of the Nobel Institute, which
was founded in 1904. In 1907 he was a delegate to the second peace conference
at The Hague. In 1909 he became secretary-general of the Inter-Parliamentary
Union, the conference of delegates from the legislative bodies of the
world's nations. Under his leadership it grew and prospered despite
great difficulties during World War I. Lange was also active in the
League of Nations as a Norwegian delegate, interesting himself particularly
in disarmament. In 1932 he received the Grotius Medal of The Netherlands.