Patrick Nothomb

Patrick Nothomb (24 May 1936 – 17 March 2020) was a Belgian diplomat.[1]

Patrick Nothomb
Born24 May 1936
Died17 March 2020(2020-03-17) (aged 83)
Habay-la-Neuve, Habay, Belgium


Nothomb earned a doctorate in law from the Université catholique de Louvain in 1957. He served as a Belgian diplomat from 1960 to 2001.

Patrick was the grandson of writer Pierre Nothomb, nephew of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, and the grandnephew of Jean-Baptiste Nothomb. He was the father of Andre Nothomb, writer Juliette Nothomb [fr] and novelist Amélie Nothomb. Amélie covered the life of her father and their diplomatic family in her novel The Life of Hunger.

On 14 October 1953, Nothomb was granted the hereditary title of Baron for him and his family.[2] In 2012, he earned Luxembourgian nationality due to his family lineage prior to the division of Luxembourg in 1839.[3]

In his free time, Nothomb was a singer of the Japanese style Noh, and was a director of the Europalia festival in 2004 in Italy.[4][5]

Nothomb died on 17 March 2020 from a heart attack, and not of COVID-19 as had initially been reported.[6]

Diplomatic careerEdit


  • Dans Stanleyville : journal d'une prise d'otage (1993)
  • Intolérance zéro : 42 ans de carrière diplomatique (2004)


  1. ^ "Habay: le papa d'Amélie Nothomb est décédé d'une crise cardiaque". LaMeuse (in French). 18 March 2020.
  2. ^ "État Présent de la Noblesse Belge" (PDF). Oscar Coomans de Brachêne (in French). 1979.
  3. ^ "Les néo-Luxembourgeois se regroupent". L'Avenir (in French). 3 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Europalia crie "Viva Italia"". (in French). 2 October 2003.
  5. ^ "Nothomb, Patrick Nothomb". Le Vif (in French). 7 November 2003.
  6. ^ "Le père d'Amélie Nothomb est décédé d'une crise cardiaque". (in French). 18 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Il y a 50 ans, à Stanleyville, la "plus grande prise d'otages du 20e siècle"". (in French). 3 August 2014.