Society: Art and Science – February 29

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Swedish and Norwegian committees bestow Nobel Prizes in recognition of cultural or scientific advances. The 1895 will of Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes.
Georgios Seferiades was born on this date in 1900. He was a Greek poet-diplomat. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century and a Nobel laureate. He was a career diplomat in the Greek Foreign Service, culminating in his appointment as Ambassador to the UK, a post which he held from 1957 to 1962.




Society: Arts and Science – September 20


The Nobel Prize is bestowed annually in categories as selected by Swedish and Norwegian committees in recognition of cultural or scientific advances. The 1895 will of Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes.
Ernesto Teodoro Moneta was born in Lombardy on this date in 1833. He was an Italian journalist, nationalist, revolutionary soldier and pacifist. He adopted the motto In varietate unitas!. At age 15, Moneta participated in the “Five Days of Milan” (1848 uprising against Austrian rule). He later attended the military academy in Ivrea. In 1859 he joined Garibaldi’s Expedition of the Thousand, and also fought in the ranks of the Italian army against the Austrians in 1866. Subsequently, he became an international peace activist, despite his strong Italian nationalism. Between 1867 and 1896 he was editor of the Milan democratic paper Il Secolo, published by Edoardo Sonzogno. In 1887 he founded the Lombard Association for Peace and Arbitration (Unione Lombarda per la Pace e l’Arbitrato), which called for disarmament and envisaged the creation of a League of Nations. He won (with Louis Renault) the Nobel Peace Prize in 1907. In the last years of his life, however, Moneta’s Italian nationalism reasserted itself and got the better of his pacifism. He expressed public support for both the Italian Conquest of Libya in 1912 and Italy’s entry into the First World War in 1915.
Alexis “Saint-John Perse” Leger died on this date in 1975. He was a French poet-diplomat, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1960 “for the soaring flight and evocative imagery of his poetry.” He was a major French diplomat from 1914 to 1940, after which he lived primarily in the United States until 1967.
Georgios Seferiades died on this date in 1971. He was a Greek poet-diplomat. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate. He was a career diplomat in the Greek Foreign Service, culminating in his appointment as Ambassador to the UK, a post which he held from 1957 to 1962.