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Fridtjof Nansen Biography, Age, Death, Height, Weight, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : January 11, 2019

Short Biography

Fridtjof Nansen was born on 10-10-1861 in Oslo, Norway. He was a Norwegian Explorer, Scientist, Writer, Diplomat & Politician.


Fridtjof Nansen Complete Bio & Career

Fridtjof Nansen completed his schooling in Oslo and after which, he cleared University’s entrance exams and decided to study Zoology. He always wanted to do something related to science but he gained fame as a renowned explorer initially.
 
During his younger days, he was into sports and was an accomplished skier, swimmer, and skater. He was also a keen fisherman and hunter as well. It was in the year 1882, when he boarded a ship to explore and in this around four and a half month journey he brought out the scientist in him and which he has described in his book which he published years after this trip. He then started working as the zoological curator at the famous Bergen Museum in Norway. During the next six years of his life which he spent there, he did various observations and visited almost all the best laboratories on the continent.
 
One thing which kept his mind occupied was to make a plan to explore Greenland whose interior part was yet to be explored. He finally made up his mind to explore that and made a team of 13 men, he sailed from Kristiania in 1893. He along with 6 men survived an unbearable -45degree C temperature and climbed nearly 9000 feet above the sea level. He finally reached and after spending around two months there to explore the interior, he brought with him some of the most vital information about the interior of Greenland.
 
On return, he joined the Zootomical Institute at the University of Oslo in Norway and meanwhile published various articles and his books titled Eskimo Life and Crossing of Greenland. He didn’t stop exploring and next set out on a trip to the North Pole with one of his companion in 1895. This high adventure voyage was carried out on his ship, Fram. He published as many as six volumes of his observations. He continued his oceanic research and was thus appointed as oceanography professor in 1908. After which, he dealt with various humanitarian efforts and saved many lives. He started his own organization called Nansen International Office for Refugees.

Honours & Awards

Over the years for his contribution, he was felicitated with awards like Order of St. Olav, Nobel Peace Prize, National Order of the Legion of Honor, Vega Medal and Constantine Medal among others.

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Fridtjof Nansen died on 13-05-1930 in Polhogda, Norway, Aged 68.

DEATHDAY DEATH PLACE DEATH COUNTRY
13 May, 1930 (Thursday) Polhogda, Lysaker, Akershus Norway

Fridtjof Nansen Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Baldur Nansen and Adelaide Nansen. He was married to Eva Nansen from 1889 to 1907. Together the couple was blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters.

Life's Important Dates Of Fridtjof Nansen

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Fridtjof Nansen

  • Starting in October 1888, Nansen and five men became the first to cross the interior of Greenland.
  • He came close to crossing the Arctic on foot for the first time.
  • Google recounted how Nansen was influenced by World War I. The world war led to a critical shift in his focus from adventure to humanitarianism.
  • Nansen Was Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize For His Efforts & May Have Helped Save Millions.

Fridtjof Nansen Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Fridtjof Nansen was 68 years, 7 months & 2 days old age.