Nobel Prizes and the Future of Peace

Thursday  14 June  2018  6:30 PM    Thursday  14 June  2018 9:30 PM
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Nobel Prizes and the Future of Peace

The event will begin with a short welcome by Marigold Bentley, Head of Peace Programmes and Faith Relations
Quakers in Britain. It will consist of two stages.

Part 1: Launch of the Encyclopedia of Nobel Laureates: 1901-2017 by P. T. Rajasekharan.

The Encyclopedia of Nobel Laureates (1901-2017) is a compelling study of the 585 Prizes awarded to 923 Laureates whose works and lives contributed to the progress of humanity in the past 117 years, and a tribute to their pursuit of excellence.

Presentation by:

P. T. Rajasekharan, author of The Encyclopedia of Nobel Laureates.


Dr Ulf Larsson, Senior Curator of the Nobel Museum, Stockholm

Part 2:  Contributions on the Future of Peace

After some food and drinks are served, Part 2 will be introduced and chaired by Dr Tom Wakeford, Consultant to the ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration).

i. Einstein, War and Peace

by Andrew Robinson

ii. Wangari Maathai: decolonising the mind as a key principle of systemic change

by Liz Hosken, Gaia Foundation

These contributions will be followed by an open discussion.


Liz Hosken is a co-founder of Gaia Foundation. During the first decade of Gaia’s work, Liz spent many years in the Amazon, where she was “initiated” into indigenous ways of seeing the world, which resonated with her own. Together with partners and indigenous communities, they developed a methodology for accompanying communities to revive their indigenous knowledge and practices. When Liz returned to the continent of birth,  Africa, she was inspired to share these lessons and search for ways to restore Africa’s rich cultural, spiritual and ecological heritage. For many years she worked closely with Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Liz now teaches the philosophy and practice of this approach, which is rooted in experiential learning and Earth Jurisprudence.

Dr Ulf Larsson is Senior Curator of the Nobel Museum, Stockholm. He is the author of several publications, including Alfred Nobel: Networks of Innovation, (Science History Publications: 2008)

P. T. Rajasekharan has been captivated by the Nobel Phenomenon for decades. A molecular biologist by training and a serious student of science, he has passionately followed and documented the works of many a Nobel Laureate since his college days.

Andrew Robinson is the author of more than twenty-five books in the arts and sciences, including six biographies, two of which are about Nobel laureates, Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity (Princeton University Press: 2015) and Rabindranath Tagore: The Myriad-Minded Man (Bloomsbury Publishing: 1995). He is currently writing another book on Einstein, for Yale University Press. He has also written for many newspapers and magazines, including Nature.

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