Jacob Aall Bonnevie

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This article is about the Norwegian politician Jacob Aall Bonnevie. For the Norwegian meteorologist, see Jacob Aall Bonnevie Bjerknes.
Bonnevie at the time of Emil Stang's first cabinet, c. 1889.

Jacob Aall Bonnevie (31 December 1838 – 13 August 1904) was a Norwegian school director and a politician for the Conservative Party. Born in Christiania (today's Oslo), he was the son of Honoratus Bonnevie who later became mayor of the city.[1] After finishing his education, Jacob started working at Christiania Cathedral School, before being appointed school superintendent of Trondheim school district, at the age of 34, in 1872. As a school director he was a reformer, particularly promoting the role of sciences in the Norwegian school system. He also wrote much-used text books on geometry and algebra.[1]

Bonnevie was also active in national politics, where he was the Conservative Party's foremost spokesman on educational issues. He was elected to the parliament six times, and sat in the period from 1880 to 1897.[2] In 1889, he was appointed Minister of Education and Church Affairs in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Emil Stang, which lasted until 1891.[3] Later, in 1895, he was himself asked to form a coalition government, but the negotiations failed.[2]

Bonnevie died in 1904, while attending a school conference in Linköping, Sweden.[1] He was married twice, first to Anne Johanne Daae (1863–76), secondly to Susanne Bryn (m. 1878). He was the father of Kristine Bonnevie, a Norwegian biologist. Another daughter, Sofie Honoria, married the meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes, and these two were the parents of meteorologist Jacob Aall Bonnevie Bjerknes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Strømnes, Åsmund L. "Jacob Bonnevie". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Henriksen, Petter (ed.). "Jacob Aall Bonnevie". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Emil Stang's First Government 13 July 1889 - 6 March 1891". Government.no. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Jakob Sverdrup
Minister of Education and Church Affairs
Succeeded by
Vilhelm Andreas Wexelsen