Before 500 guests, including King Olav, Crown Prince Harald and Princess Astrid, in Oslo University Hall, Norway, Dex Dec 10, British Labour Party Member of Parliament, Philip Noel-Baker received his gold medal and illuminated scroll as Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1959.
TOP V PAN..Audience seated in University, King seated in centre aisle.
BACK V. .King seated in centre aisle.
LONG V..Noel Baker seated in front row, King seated in background.
CU King seated.
SV Mrs. Noel Baker and son seated.
LV Mr. Gunnar Jahn presents prize to Mr. Noel Baker. SOUND ON FILM.....Mr. Gunnar John speaks.... "I have the great honour on behalf of the Nobel Committee to present to you the Nobel prize for the year 1958. Will you please be so kind to come forward and receive these two things - the gold medal and the diploma, which are the insignia of the peace prize." SOUND ON FILM ENDS.
CU Cameraman filming.
LV Mr. Noel Baker speaks...SOUND ON FILM....."Your Majesty, your Royal Highnesses, Mr. Chairman, Mr. President of the Storking, your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. How can I fulfil what must always be the first and happiest duty of every man or woman who stands where I stand now.
Perhaps I can do it most simple and most adequately, by saying that there no one in the world with whom I would exchange my place today. There has come to me what I have always thought the greatest of the honours which man can bestow. It has come to me in the lovely capital of the beloved country, mantled now in Christmas snow. It comes by the decision of your Nobel Committee of wise and most distinguished men. What more could any man or woman ask of fate!' SOUND ON FILM ENDS.......
People seated listening.
SV King congratulates Neel Baker.
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Background: Before 500 guests, including King Olav, Crown Prince Harald and Princess Astrid, in Oslo University Hall, Norway, Dex Dec 10, British Labour Party Member of Parliament, Philip Noel-Baker received his gold medal and illuminated scroll as Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1959.
Nobel Peace Committee chairman, Gunnar Jahn, extolled Noel-Baker for 30 minutes. He said the British M.P. - the seventh Briton to win the Peace Prize - had for 45 years "dedicated his powers to the service of suffering humanity, whether in time of war or in the intervals between wars. But above all else his efforts to prevent war breaking out have been tireless and ceaseless." He possessed probably the world's greatest knowledge on the subject of disarmament.
In reply Noel-Baker said he valued the prize - worth GBP15,300 - more than anything in the world and "I would not change seats with any other person today."
He described how the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel had hoped his terrible invention - dynamite - would make war impossible. "The history of our world might have taken a different course if the concerns of Krupps, Hugenberg, the Comite des Forges, and others had joined him with their resources in his work for peace."
Quoting US President Eisenhower, Noel-Baker said: "The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, its genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
Six other Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, Dec 10, The recipients were: Professor Salvatore Quasimodo, Italy (Literature): Prof. Jaroslav Heyrovsky, Czechoslovakia (Chemistry): Profs. Severo Ochoa and Arthur Kornberg, USA (Medicine): and Profs. Emilio Segre and Owen Chamberlain, USA (Physics).