Battle to Stop Chemical Warfare Wins 2013 Nobel Peace Prize
The use of a lethal chemical agent in Syria this summer time underscores the continuing danger that these kinds of horrific weapons pose. The Business for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has led the global charge to ban chemical weapons, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 to the firm for its in depth efforts.
Maybe ironically, one more Nobel laureate is deemed by some historians to be the father of chemical warfare: Fritz Haber, who not only revolutionized agriculture with a chemical method for creating fertilizer (his Nobel-honored perform), but also designed and deployed chlorine gas and other chemical brokers in the course of Globe War I.
For background and other information on chemical weapons, see our August In-Depth Report, The Specter of Chemical and Organic Weapons.