Seok-heon HamSeok-heon Ham
(함석헌 ; 咸錫憲) (13 March 1901
- 4 February 1989
), or Ham Seok-heon
in the Korean naming
style, was a notable figure in the Religious Society of Friends
(Quaker) movement in Korea
He was an important Asian voice for human rights and non-violence during the 20th century, despite numerous imprisonments for his convictions.
He was formally a Quaker, which is a nonsectarian Christian group, but he also concluded that all religions are one, atypical of most Christian thinkers.
He was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was nicknamed the "Gandhi of Korea."
In 2000, Seok-Heon Ham was selected by the Republic of Korea as a national cultural figure.