What sci-fi invention won a Nobel Peace prize award?
With twin ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo, the 2008 Nobel Prize Laureates had their day in the sun. So what did the winners do? For those that don’t want to delve into thousands of pages of academic research papers, here’s the Cliffs Notes for who won and why. The Nobel Peace Prize Who Won: Martti Ahtisaari What He Won For: The former Finnish president and veteran mediator, Ahtisaari has been called into many international hotspots, seeking to bring parties to the table and find peaceful solutions to often-times violent conflicts. Most famously, he was instrumental in securing independence for the African republic of Namibia from South Africa, and is sometimes known as “Namibia’s mid-wife.” He also sought to resolve the situation in Kosovo, which saw Serbian nationalists and Albianian partisans involved in brutal guerrilla warfare, bringing hostilities to a close in 1999. Most recently, he has been involved in working to secure a lasting peace in Iraq. Ahtisaari used his acceptance sp