About Claes Nobel

“For more than 100 years my family name has been recognized as a hallmark of peace and excellence. While it is an honor and privilege to recognize the greatest scientists, poets, statesmen, and philosophers among us, there is a special place in my heart for encouraging and recognizing the youth of the world. This is why I helped found the National Society of High School Scholars and why I continue to devote my time and abilities to this distinguished organization.”
- Claes Nobel, Founder & Chairman, NSHSS Board of Advisors

Nobel is a native of Sweden and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. He has now become a United States citizen, holding dual citizenship in the U.S. and Sweden. A passionate proponent of humanitarian and environmental causes, he has worked tirelessly in his mission to help save the planet and its people. In 1974 he drafted “The Nobel Laureates Declaration on the Survival of Mankind,” signed by 78 Nobel Laureates advocating support for environmental protection and humanitarian leadership.

In 1985 Mr. Nobel wrote the “Global Declaration of Earth Ethics,” the basis for the NGO not-for-profit organization United Earth, which he founded in order to focus attention on environmental issues through the prestigious Earth Prize Awards. Mr. Nobel continues to advise prominent spiritual, political, and economic leaders from around the globe on preserving the earth and preserving peace, as well as working to help instill these ideals in youth through education and example.

Mr. Nobel received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Virginia State University and was selected for the 2012 Service Legacy Award from Usher's New Look Foundation.