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Ragnar Sohlman was born in Stockholm back in 1870 to August and Hulda. He graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology as a chemical engineer in 1890. In 1893, he became the assistant to Alfred in San Remo. In Alfred’s last will and testament dated 1895, in part it stated:

I hereby appoint Mr. Ragnar Sohlman, resident at Bofors, Våmland, and Mr. Rudolf Lillequist, 31 Malmskillnadsgatan, Stockholm, and at Bengtsfors near Uddevalla. To compsonsate for their pains and attention, I grant to Mr. Sohlman, who will presumably have to devote most time to this matter, 100,000 Crowns and to Mr. Lillequist 50,000 Crowns.

Alfred died in 1896, which kept Ragnar occupied for several years carrying out Alfred’s wishes. In his spare time, he also had a career as an engineer. From 1835-1836 he was the director general of the Swedish National Board of Trade. He died in 1948.

What you may not know about Ragnar is that Alfred was none other than Alfred Nobel, Ragnar was tasked to be the creator of the Nobel Foundation and to determine the categories for the Nobel Prize. His grandson Michael Sohlman is the present executive director of the Nobel Foundation. Until tomorrow please remember to smile, pass it on, the smile that is

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Comments (18)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray who knew!!  another nice piece of history...

Aug 06, 2018 03:42 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

That is fantastic - I did not know this - although when I saw it was a last will and testament from Alfred, I thought I could see it coming

Aug 06, 2018 04:39 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well he did a good job since it has stood the test of time.

Aug 06, 2018 05:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. No clue would be an understatement! Enjoy your day!

Aug 06, 2018 05:15 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Now we know the origins of the prize and I will never be a recipient.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 06, 2018 05:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now that was very interesting!!!! Have a good day. 

Aug 06, 2018 05:38 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, James.  What a fascinating story and one that is pertinent to this day.

Aug 06, 2018 05:41 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is really a great read and a historical one as well.

Aug 06, 2018 05:41 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very cool, I had never known about these people.  When I was reading it, I thought it was one of those spam emails where some wealthy person is granting to me a large sum of money because I am the heir to something I have never known about, haha.

Aug 06, 2018 06:54 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

We knew that honorable tradition had to start somewhere !

Aug 06, 2018 06:58 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That would be something I would be very happy to be known for in putting that together.

Aug 06, 2018 07:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting post your shared with us.  I knew a bit of this, because when my father was teaching Physics at Gustavus Adlophus College (named for a Swedish king), they built a Nobel Hall.  And the Nobel winners attended at the grand opening!  A

Aug 06, 2018 07:41 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - how about that.  Certainly his foundation is well known now.

Aug 06, 2018 08:49 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

  When you hear the words Nobel prize you never think of the name Ragnar in the front of it. It is one of the most prestigious awards in the world James...

Aug 06, 2018 08:54 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

WOW, This is some very interesting trivia. Ragnar was busier after his bosses death than before it (I presume)! 

Aug 06, 2018 01:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved the tid bit about the Foundation, interesting how it evolved into what it is today...Endre

Aug 06, 2018 10:42 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James, I had no idea my friend and thanks for the history lesson ;o)

Aug 07, 2018 08:30 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

James Dray deserves the Nobel AR prize!!

Sep 04, 2018 03:49 PM
James Dray

I'll take it

Sep 04, 2018 05:00 PM