Élie Ducommun

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Élie Ducommun
Born(1833-02-19)19 February 1833
Died7 December 1906(1906-12-07) (aged 73)
RelativesMartin Brauen (great-grandson)
AwardsNobel Peace Prize, 1902

Élie Ducommun (19 February 1833, Geneva – 7 December 1906, Bern) was a Swiss peace activist. He was a Nobel laureate, awarded the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with Charles Albert Gobat.

Born in Geneva, he worked as a tutor, language teacher, journalist and a translator for the Swiss federal Chancellery (1869–1873).

In 1867 he helped to found the Ligue de la paix et de la liberté (League of Peace and Freedom), though he continued working at other positions, including secretary for the Jura-Simplon Steel Company from 1873 to 1891. That year, he was appointed director of the newly formed Bureau international de la paix (International Peace Office), the first non-governmental international peace organization, based in Bern. He refused to accept a salary for the position, stating that he wished to serve in this capacity solely for reasons of idealism.

His keen organizational skills ensured the group's success. He was awarded in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1902, and served as director of the organization until his death in 1906.

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  • Élie Ducommun on Nobelprize.org Edit this at Wikidata including the Nobel Lecture, May 16, 1904 The Futility of War Demonstrated by History