Top 10 Most Controversial Nobel Peace Prize Winners


The Nobel Peace Prize is given by the Nobel committee to the person who has done most for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the promotion of peace congresses. Although the definition of the award is pretty clear, the recipients have been controversial characters on more than one occasion.

For various reasons, some of the people who received this distinguished prize were thought to not only be undeserving of such an award but in some cases, to represent the exact opposite values such award winners should represent. Here are then, the ten most controversial Nobel Peace Prize Winners in history.

9Wangari Maathai

The 2004 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize created quite a bit of controversy when she appeared to support the theory that HIV was invented by white scientists to destroy black people. Although she later apologized for what she claimed was a sincere misunderstanding, it was enough for some of the people who supported her at the time to take a step back and reanalyze their view on her work.