by findingDulcinea Staff
On December 11th 2007, government officials, influential individuals, and honored guests from all over the world gathered at the Oslo Spektrum to help spread the message of peace and celebrate this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureates. In honor of all the great men and women who have won the Prize, we have decided to spotlight three past recipients.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one of the world’s foremost authorities on Bach, an accomplished author and theologian, and made great advances in the field of rural medicine. His greatest legacies are the hospitals that he established for impoverished Africans and Haitians. Ninety-four years after its founding, the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti is still thriving. Furthermore, the medical facility in Africa was so important to the doctor that he chose to spend his final days as an infirm patient there.
Gunnar Jahn, former Chairman of the Nobel Committee gave the following speech upon presenting the Nobel Peace Prize to Albert Schweitzer. The remarks offer a good summary of the good doctor’s early influences and lifelong accomplishments.
Founded in 1913, the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer provides medical care and community health and development programs for more than 300,000 impoverished people in the Artibonite Valley of central Haiti. Schweitzer Fellowship grants provide assistance for senior medical students from the United States to study and work at the hospital. Explore the site to learn more about Schweitzer’s revolutionary work and influence in rural medicine.
Albert Schweitzer died at the age of 90 while admitted as a patient in his own hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, Africa. Read the New York Times obituary of Schweitzer.
International Albert Schweitzer Organization hosts a wealth of information about the talented philosopher and writer. Be sure to view the illustrated and guided tour of Schweitzer’s life in the Museum and Archives section.