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Carlos Saavedra Lamas

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas

Profession: Nobel Peace Laureate


Biography: Carlos Saavedra Lamas was the mediator in a conflict between Paraguay and Bolivia for which he won the 1936 Nobel Peace Prize, the 1st person from Latin American to be awarded it.

Saavedra Lamas served as Argentine foreign minister under General Agustín P. Justo for 6 years. During this time he persuaded Argentina to rejoin the League of Nations as well as playing the prominent role in bring about the end of the Chaco War (1932-36) between Paraguay and Bolivia.

After his political career Saavedra Lamas returned to academic life where he had established an international reputation in international law and labor legislation before joining politics.

Born: November 1, 1878
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: May 5, 1959 (aged 80)
Cause of Death: Brain hemorrhage

Historical Events

  • 1936-12-10 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas for mediating end to Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, 1st Latin American to win

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