Roald Amundsen

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen Full Name: Roald Amundsen
Nationality: Norwegian

Profession: Polar Explorer
Why Famous: Led the Norwegian Antarctic expedition of 1910–12 which was the first to reach the South Pole, famously beating Robert Scott's expedition by 33-34 days.

Amundsen is recognized as the first person to have reached both poles. He is also known as having the first expedition to traverse the Artic's Northwest Passage (1903–06).

In 1926, Amundsen and 15 other men also made the first crossing of the Arctic by air, in the airship Norge.

In June 1928, while taking part in a rescue mission for the Airship Italia, the plane he was in disappeared and he is presumed to have died in the crash or shortly afterwards.

Born: July 16, 1872
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Borge, Østfold, Norway

Died: June 18, 1928 (aged 55)
Cause of Death: Plane crash

Historical Events in the Life of Roald Amundsen

  • 1903-06-16 Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage by leaving Oslo, Norway.
  • 1906-09-16 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen discovers the Magnetic South Pole
  • 1911-01-13 Roald Amundsen anchors at Walvis Bay, southwestern Africa
  • 1911-01-14 Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition lands on the Ross Ice Shelf
  • 1911-10-20 Norwegian Roald Amundsen sets out a race to the South Pole
  • 1911-12-14 Norwegian Roald Amundsen leads the 1st expedition to reach the South Pole
  • 1912-01-17 Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen
  • 1912-03-07 Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole

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