He received his basic education in Zavara. After graduating from high school in Trnava, he studied in Bratislava at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University and KU in Prague. The Zavarský native is the holder of the Pribin Cross of the 1st Class, which he took over from the President of the Slovak Republic Ivan Gašparovič in 2007 on the day of the 14th anniversary of the founding of the Slovak Republic. In 2008, he was awarded the Dominika Tatarka Prize for his work Samizdat on Dissent.
1952 – 1957 – Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Bratislava
1957 – ONV Trnava, Department of Education and Culture
1957 – 1960 – SVŠ Trnava
1960 – 1974 – Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
1964 – CSc., PhDr.
1974 – 1990 – Slovak Institute of Monument Care
1990 – present Institute of Political Science SAS (until 2002 Political Science Cabinet of SAS)
1992 – DrSc.
1990 – 1992 Chairman of the Commission of the Government of the Slovak Republic for the Analysis of Historical Events from 1967 – 1970. At the same time Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Government of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic for the Analysis of Historical Events from 1967 – 1970.
1990 – 1998 Director of the Political Science Cabinet of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
2000 – present Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Institute of Political Sciences of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Samizdat on resistance. Studies and articles. 2. Bratislava: Kalligram 2006, 712 p. Compiled and written by Norbert Kmeť.
Samizdat on resistance. Studies and articles. Bratislava: Kalligram 2004, 528 p. Compiled and written by Norbert Kmeť.
Historiography under normalization (1969 – 1989). In: Kmeť, Norbert, Marušiak, Juraj (ed.): Slovakia and the Normalization Regime. Prešov: Vydavateľstvo Michala Vaška, 2003, p. 148-151
On the political activity of Milan Hodža in emigration (1939-1944). In: Pekník, Miroslav et al .: Milan Hodža – statesman and politician. Third revised and supplemented edition. Veda, vydavateľstvo SAV, Bratislava 2002, p. 351-353.
The first victims of the Cold War. In: Dilemma, no. 6, 2001, p. 35-39
Post-war destinies of insurgents. In: SNP 1944 – Slovakia’s entry into democratic Europe. Proceedings of the international conference on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the SNP. SNP Museum Banská Bystrica 8.-10. June 1999. Tóth, D., Kováčiková, K. (remaining). ADADE, Banská Bystrica 1999, p. 336-340
Preparation and establishment of the Slovak National Council. In: Pekník Miroslav and team: Perspectives on Slovak politics. Bratislava: VEDA, vydavateľstvo SAV 2000, p. 366 – 396.
And a lot of other work.