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Johan Galtung

1930 - 2024

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Johan Vincent Galtung (24 October 1930 – 17 February 2024) was a Norwegian sociologist and the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies. He was the main founder of 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johan Galtung has received more than 484,269 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Johan Galtung is the 11th most popular political scientist (up from 12th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Norway (up from 56th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Norwegian Political Scientist.

Johan Galtung is most famous for his "Violence Triangle" theory. This theory states that there are three components to violence: the perpetrator, the victim, and the bystander.

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Among political scientists, Johan Galtung ranks 11 out of 29Before him are Georg Jellinek, Hans Morgenthau, Christian Lous Lange, Benedict Anderson, Ralf Dahrendorf, and Robert A. Dahl. After him are Maurice Duverger, Gene Sharp, Joseph Nye, Aleksandr Dugin, David Easton, and Muhammad Asad.

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Among people born in 1930, Johan Galtung ranks 60Before him are David Dacko, Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, Gena Rowlands, Jerome Isaac Friedman, Jean Rochefort, and George E. Smith. After him are Robert Aumann, Harvey Milk, Stanley Miller, Joanne Woodward, Jesús Franco, and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. Among people deceased in 2024, Johan Galtung ranks 10Before him are Arno Allan Penzias, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, Frank Farian, Niklaus Wirth, Carl Weathers, and Luigi Riva. After him are Kurt Hamrin, Hage Geingob, Alexei Navalny, Andreas Brehme, Seiji Ozawa, and Artur Jorge.

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Among people born in Norway, Johan Galtung ranks 46 out of 927Before him are Lars Onsager (1903), Harald Greycloak (935), Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner (1932), Sonja Henie (1912), Trygve Haavelmo (1911), and Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen (1930). After him are Sophus Lie (1842), Hans Egede (1686), Kåre Willoch (1928), Olaf III of Norway (1050), Sverre of Norway (1145), and Haakon V of Norway (1270).


Among political scientists born in Norway, Johan Galtung ranks 2Before him are Christian Lous Lange (1869).