Greg Mortenson

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"Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute , founder of Pennies For Peace , and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea , and author of the bestsellerStones into Schools .

"In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan’s highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan (“Star of Pakistan”) for his dedicated and humanitarian effort to promote education and literacy in rural areas for fifteen years.

"Several bi-partisan U.S. Congressional representatives nominated Mortenson for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The award recipient is chosen by a secret process and announced in October.

"Mortenson was born in Minnesota in 1957. He grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (1958 to 1973). His father Dempsey, co-founded Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) a teaching hospital, and his mother, Jerene, founded the International School Moshi ."[1]


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  1. Bio, Three Cups of Tea, accessed January 27, 2011.
  2. Winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, accessed January 27, 2011.