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Nobelite was the common designation of the tens of thousands of employees of the companies owned by the Nobel family in Russia during the 19th century and until the Russian Revolution, such as Branobel and the Machine-Building Factory Ludvig Nobel.

The term originated from the pride and loyalty of Nobel family's employees, whom enjoyed the benefits of a special worker's welfare program devised by Ludvig Nobel. Nobelites labor conditions were far different from those usually enjoyed by other Russian workers of the time and stood out as an unparelelled humanitarian concern in Tsarist Russia. Nobelites were given decent housing, medical care, technical training and elementary education for their children. Ludvig Nobel also abolished child labour in his companies and shortened work hours while establishing a workers' savings bank and a system of regular payment.[1][2]


  1. ^ Tolf, Robert (1976): The Russian Rockefellers: the saga of the Nobel family and the Russian oil industry Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, p. xii. ISBN 0-8179-6581-5
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  • Fant, Kenne (2006): Alfred Nobel: A Biography, Arcade Publishing, p. 225. ISBN 1-55970-328-8
  • Åsbrink, Brita (2001): Ludvig Nobel: "Petroleum har en lysande framtid!" Wahlström & Widstrand. ISBN 978-91-46-18181-1