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Fridtjof Nansen

1861 - 1930

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Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen (Norwegian: [ˈfrɪ̂tːjɔf ˈnɑ̀nsn̩]; 10 October 1861 – 13 May 1930) was a Norwegian polymath and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He gained prominence at various points in his life as an explorer, scientist, diplomat, and humanitarian. He led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, traversing the island on cross-country skis. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fridtjof Nansen has received more than 2,560,565 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Fridtjof Nansen is the 17th most popular explorer (down from 16th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Norway (down from 10th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Norwegian Explorer.

Fridtjof Nansen is most famous for his exploration of the Arctic and his invention of a new type of ship, the Fram.

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Among explorers, Fridtjof Nansen ranks 17 out of 405Before him are Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Abel Tasman, David Livingstone, and Prince Henry the Navigator. After him are Erik the Red, Xuanzang, Jacques Cousteau, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Jacques Cartier, and Leif Erikson.

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Among people born in 1861, Fridtjof Nansen ranks 4Before him are Rabindranath Tagore, Mehmed VI, and Rudolf Steiner. After him are Georges Méliès, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, James Naismith, Victor Horta, Erich von Falkenhayn, Charles Édouard Guillaume, and Alfred North Whitehead. Among people deceased in 1930, Fridtjof Nansen ranks 3Before him are Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred Wegener. After him are Ilya Repin, Vladimir Mayakovsky, William Howard Taft, Zewditu, Allvar Gullstrand, Cosima Wagner, Miguel Primo de Rivera, Christiaan Eijkman, and Victoria of Baden.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Fridtjof Nansen ranks 11 out of 927Before him are Henrik Ibsen (1828), Harald V of Norway (1937), Knut Hamsun (1859), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (1945), Harald Fairhair (850), and Rollo (846). After him are Erik the Red (950), Thor Heyerdahl (1914), Niels Henrik Abel (1802), Olaf II of Norway (993), Olaf Tryggvason (963), and Trygve Lie (1896).

Among EXPLORERS In Norway

Among explorers born in Norway, Fridtjof Nansen ranks 2Before him are Roald Amundsen (1872). After him are Erik the Red (950), Thor Heyerdahl (1914), Ingólfr Arnarson (850), Otto Sverdrup (1854), Carsten Borchgrevink (1864), Hjalmar Johansen (1867), Naddodd (900), Oscar Wisting (1871), Helmer Hanssen (1870), and Ohthere of Hålogaland (900).