Bonnevie, Kristine

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Bonnevie, Kristine

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  • Bonnevie, Kristine Elisabeth Heuch

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Kristine Bonnevie was born in Trondheim, Norway, in 1872. A Zoologist, she was the first woman to be elected to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (1911), and the first woman to hold a professorship at the University of Oslo (beginning in 1912).

Bonnevie was a Norwegian delegate to the League of Nations (LN) in 1921. In this capacity, she assured that women would be included in the future International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (ICIC). When the ICIC was founded in 1922, she was one of the twelve original members. She defended an ICIC as international and as apolitical as possible. She supported reforms of the Organisation of Intellectual Cooperation in 1929, and she helped to draw up the program of the ICIC in 1930. That same year, she left the ICIC in order to devote her time to scientific research, but she remained a member of the Norwegian Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (founded in 1924). Bonnevie died in 1948 in Oslo.


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Created by Marie Caillot 20/10/2011. English translation by Jan Stöckmann 11-08-2015.




  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : boîte 3. IICI. A. 1. 17. "Correspondance avec Mlle Bonnevie, membre de la CICI" (1925-1930). 10 pièces, 3 lettres manuscrites de Kristine Bonnevie.
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : CICI/461. Organisation de Coopération intellectuelle, "Les Commissions nationales de Coopération intellectuelle", Genève 1937, "Norvège", p. 102-103.
  • Haines, C. Stevens, H. (ed.) (2001). International Women in Science: A Biographical Dictionary to 1950. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio. P.40.
  • Renoliet, J.-J. (1999). L'UNESCO oubliée. La Société des Nations et la coopération intellectuelle (1919-1946). Paris : Publications de la Sorbonne. P. 19, 26, 87, 94-96, 102, 184, 268.

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