"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 founded the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) in 2002. Originally from Sweden, he now holds dual citizenship from Sweden and the US, and is senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. Mr. Nobel is a passionate proponent of humanitarian and environmental causes.
In 1974, Mr. Nobel drafted a document advocating the support for environmental protection and humanitarian leadership. Titled “The Nobel Laureates Declaration on the Survival of Man Kind,” it received signatures from 78 Nobel Laureates. In 1985, Mr. Nobel wrote the “Global Declaration of Earth Ethics,” which became the basis for the NGO not-for-profit organization he founded, United Earth. He founded this organization to bring attention to environmental issues through the prestigious Earth Prize Awards.
Mr. Nobel received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Virginia State University and an honorary Doctor of Law Letters degree from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI. He was selected for the 2012 Service Legacy Award from Usher's New Look Foundation, and in 2014 he received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Selective Corporate Internship Program (SCIP).
Mr. Nobel continues to advise prominent spiritual, political, and economic leaders from around the globe on preserving the earth and maintaining peace. He also works to help instill these ideals in youth through education and example.