Johan Galtung

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Birthday
24, 1930
Birthplace
Norway
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
24, 1930 (age 88)
Birthplace
Norway

About

Known for works such as Europe in the Making; Peace By Peaceful Means: Peace and Conflict, Development and Civilization; and Globalizing God: Religion, Spirituality and Peace, this Norwegian-born sociologist, mathematician, historian, economist, and political scientist is particularly notable for his work in the field of peace and conflict studies.

Before Fame

After earning doctorates in both mathematics and sociology from the University of Oslo, he began teaching at Columbia University in New York City.

Trivia

In 1959, he founded Oslo, Norway's Peace Research Institute. Several years later, he established the Journal of Peace Research and began heading the Peace and Conflict Studies programs at both the University of Oslo and the University of Hawaii.

Family Life

His first marriage, to sociologist and politician Ingrid Eide, resulted in children named Harald and Andreas. His second marriage, to Fumiko Nishimura, produced two more children: Irene and Fredrik.

Associated With

He and Swedish author Astrid Lindgren were both recipients of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award.