Charles Albert Gobat
Honorary secretary, Permanent International Peace Bureau in Berne.
Born: May 21, 1843
Died: March 16, 1914
Charles Albert Gobat was a Swiss lawyer, educational administrator, and politician who jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize with Élie Ducommun in 1902 for their leadership of the Permanent International Peace Bureau.
After completing his Ph.D, Gobat began his practicing law in Bern and also lectured on French civil law at Bern University. After practing law for fiften years, he became involved in politics and education.
Gobat worked with the Inter-parliamentary Union, which was founded by William Randal Cremer, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1903, in 1889. In 1892 he became the president of the union's fourth conference, which was held in Bern and which founded the Bureau Interparlementaire. He served as general secretary of the bureau, an information office dealing with peace movements, international conciliation, and communication among national parliamentary bodies. The third conference of the union, held in Rome in 1891, established the International Peace Bureau, of which Gobat was director when it was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1910.