Olav Njølstad (born 1 March 1957) is a Norwegian historian, biographer and novelist. He is director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
As a novelist he made his literary debut in 2003 with the thriller Mannen med oksehjertet, and wrote the novel Brennofferet in 2005.
- Kunnskap om våpen: forsvarets forskningsinstitutt 1946 – 1975 (1997) (With Olav Wicken)
- Strålende forskning: Institutt for energiteknikk 1948 – 1998 (1999)
- War and Peace in the 20th Century and Beyond (edited with Geir Lundestad, 2002)
- Mannen med oksehjertet (thriller, 2003)
- Brennofferet (novel, 2005)
- Norske nobelprisvinnere: fra Bjørnson til Kydland (2005)
- Jens Chr. Hauge – fullt og helt (biography, 2008)
- "Olav Njølstad" (in Norwegian). Gyldendal Norsk Forlag. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
- Lahlum, Hans Olav (29 November 2008). "Jens Chr. Hauge av Olav Njølstad. Årets største, dyreste - og beste!". Bokavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 November 2009.
- Berglund, Nina. "National hero led double life". Aftenposten. Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
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