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Fridtjof Nansen

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen

Profession: Arctic Explorer and Diplomat


Why Famous: Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work on behalf of the displaced victims of the First World War and related conflicts.

Born: October 10, 1861
Birthplace: Christiania (now Oslo), Norway
Star Sign: Libra

Died: May 13, 1930 (aged 68)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1889-09-06 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen (27) weds mezzo-soprano singer Eva Nansen (30)

Historical Events

  • 1882-03-11 Fridtjof Nansen sets out on a sea voyage to study Arctic zoology
  • 1888-10-03 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen and his team complete first known crossing of Greenland interior, arriving in Godthaab
  • 1895-04-07 Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen reaches record 86°13.6′N latitude north, expedition closest to the North pole
  • 1896-06-17 Polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Frederick Jackson meet by chance in Franz Josef Land, the Arctic
  • 1922-07-03 Intergovernmental Conference on Identity Certificates for Russian Refugees, convened by Fridtjof Nansen in Geneva, creates the Nansen passports (for stateless persons)
  • 1922-12-10 Nobel prizes awarded to Niels Bohr (Physics), Francis William Aston (Chemistry) and Fridtjof Nansen (Peace)

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