Saturday, February 17, 2024


Famed peace researcher Johan Galtung dies at 93

Professor Johan Galtung

I am sad to report that Johan Galtung, the "father of peace studies", has passed away on February 17, 2024, at the age of 93. I knew him at the University of Hawaii, where I was one of his many students. I recall asking him how many languages he spoke; if I remember correctly, it was six.

See also his many articles posted on Disappeared News.

Galtung was a Norwegian sociologist and is credited as the founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies. He founded the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in 1959 and served as its first director until 1970. He also established the Journal of Peace Research in 1964. 

He held professorships in several fields and in many countries, including Distinguished Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Hawaii from 1993 to 2000. 

He was a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award in 1987 and numerous honorary doctorates. He is widely cited as a pioneer of non-violence and conflict resolution, and throughout his life he was a critic of imperialism and structural violence. He will remain as an inspiration for peace researchers and practitioners. RIP


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