For reasons I won't go into now, I've been doing some thinking about the 1962 Peace Prize recently, but something else dawned on me: should Keynes have won a Nobel Peace Prize, and was he ever in the running for one?
It's obvious why he didn't win an economics prize - he didn't live long enough. If he had lived longer, I think it's a foregone conclusion that he would have. But he was also a strong contender for a Peace Prize. 1919, 1920, 1921, 1925, 1926, and 1927 were all awarded for pulling Europe together after the war. There weren't any awards for Peace in 1923 or 1924. Keynes of course also helped put the world back on track after the second world war, and the 1944, 1945, and 1953 awards were all related to establishing a peaceful post-war order then.
Keynes's work on the Treaty, on shaping public opinion, on working with Germany after the war, and the alleviation of the depression, and on establishing a new order after the second world war all seem to make him a strong contender for the Peace Prize in his lifetime, even though he never had a chance at the Economics Prize.
Does anyone know if this was ever even discussed?
UPDATE: From the comments, he was nominated.
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