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Nobel Family Predecessors

Members of the earlier Nobel family were known, not only for their interest in art but also for their
inventive ability, sometimes referred to as a Rudbeckian trait, inherited from their ancestor Olof
Rudbeck the elder, named by his peers as the Leonardo da Vinci of the North.

Immanuel Nobel

Immanuel Nobel pioneered the development of underwater mines, designed some of the first steam
engines to power Russian ships, installed the first central heating systems in Russian homes and was
the first to develop modern plywood, cut with a rotary lathe.

Ludwig Nobel

One of his sons, Ludvig Nobel, was the founder of the machine-building factory Ludvig Nobel, a
great armaments concern and the inventor of the Nobel wheel. Ludvig was also the founder of
BraNobel, the foremost Russian oil industry in its time, and launched the world’s first diesel-driven
tugs, tankers and u-boats, besides building the first European oil pipeline in Baku.
Alfred Nobel
Alfred Nobel, a prolific inventor who acquired 355 patents during his lifespan, was the creator of
dynamite and the blasting cap from which he made a substantial fortune of which he left the bulk to
form the Nobel Prizes.

The Nobel Foundation

The foundation, created to manage the estate of Alfred Nobel and to implement the conditions of his
testament, has confirmed in writing its approval of the activities of the Nobel Sustainable Trust on
two occasions, most recently in a letter dated June 12, 2016.
The Nobel Family’s Social Commitment
Under the leadership of Ludvig Nobel, and later on by his oldest son Emmanuel, the BraNobel Nafta
company in Azerbaijan grew into the world’s second largest in its field. The diesel engine factory in St.
Petersburg became the largest in the world. At this time the Nobel industries in Russia were the
country’s greatest and most influential business organisation with more than 50.000 employees.
The success of Ludvig was based on a humanitarian and innovative way of doing things, combined
with the mind of a scientific entrepreneur. The world’s first oil transportation ship and pipelines for oil
were constructed for the oil fields of Nobel in Baku.
As a visionary leader Ludvig strived to improve the conditions for the workers at the Nobel industrial
sites. This was achieved by the introduction of shorter working hours, adequate housing, schools and
healthcare and recreational facilities. He also opened a cooperative bank for the employees and the
world’s first profit sharing system for the workers called “Nobelites”. Sustainability and social
commitment was the trademark of the Nobel industries.

The Nobel Family Society Today

The Nobel Family Society is a private association with the following objectives:

  • To promote the feeling of kinship among its members
  • To inform about and keep the family history alive
  • To safeguard the family’s interests
  • To protect the reputation of the Nobel name

It was formed by the descendants of Immanuel Nobel the younger, i.e. the father of Alfred, Ludvig,
Robert and Emil Nobel. The first three of the aforementioned brothers were engaged from 1873 in
establishing, financing and operating the BraNobel oil company in Baku, the largest company in
Russia and the second largest oil company in the world.
The Nobel family is also represented at the Nobel Prizes Award Ceremonies which are held in
Stockholm on the 10th of December every year since 1901. In 2007, the Nobel family archives, kept
in the town archives of Lund, were inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

Summary and Conclusion

The Nobel Sustainability® Trust will provide the following annual services:

  • The Award for Sustainability;
  • Four diplomas of excellence to runner-up candidates;
  • Scholarships to two young researchers in the field of renewable technology;
  • Annual symposiums or conferences on the subject of sustainability.