John Hume

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Person.png John Hume  Rdf-icon.png
Born 1937-01-18
Derry, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Alma mater St Columb's College, St Patrick's College, Maynooth
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse Patricia Hume
Party SDLP

John Hume (born 18 January 1937) is an Irish politician from Derry in Northern Ireland, and co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, with David Trimble of the Ulster Unionist Party.

He was the second leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), a position he held from 1979 until 2001. He has served as a Member of the European Parliament and a Member of Parliament for Foyle, as well as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the modern political history of Northern Ireland and one of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process there. He is also a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Martin Luther King Award, the only recipient of the three major peace awards.

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 1998 to John Hume and David Trimble for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland."[1]



  • ^  "The Nobel Peace Prize for 1998", (Biographical note), Undated, Accessed May 2007.