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Elise Biorn-Hansen Boulding was a Quaker sociologist born in 1920 in Oslo, Norway, where she lived during the German invasion of World War II.
She became a strongly anti-war activist and she believed there is no place for violence but only peace could resolve world’s problems.
As a Chairman of the sociology department of Darmouth College (Colorado) she developed the nation’s first Peace Studies Program.
She was involved in many different peace organizations.
Elise Boulding held many leadership positions in Peace and Social Justice such as the Women International League for Peace and Freedom. In this position she created the International Peace Research Association which collaborates with United Nations.
In her personal life she met the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) which have been a great influence for her. Her Quaker faith played a vital role in her development as a sociologist and a Peace activist.
She was a great adept of Non-Violence.