The first politician to win the Nobel Prize in Literature was José Echegaray. He shared the Nobel Prize in Literature with Frédéric Mistral in the year 1904. José Echegaray was the Minister of Public Works and Finance Minister in the Spanish government. In addition to his successful government career, he was a prolific playwright and was given the Novel Prize in Literature for his contribution to Spanish drama.The next politician to be given a Nobel Prize in Literature was British prime minister Winston Churchill. In 1953, Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in recognition for his historical works and memoirs, the six-volume The Second World War and A History of the English Speaking People.
More about the Nobel Prize:
- All Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden except for the Peace Prize, which award creator Alfred Nobel specified without reason be given in Oslo, Norway.
- The oldest man and woman to ever win Nobel Prizes were honored in the same year: 2007. Economics winner Leonid Hurwicz was 90, and Literature winner Doris Lessing was 87.
- Four US Presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize: Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Woodrow Wilson, and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as one vice president: Al Gore.