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 2,336,919 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Fridtjof Nansen is the 16th most popular explorer (down from 14th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Norway (down from 8th 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 16 out of 405Before him are Ibn Battuta, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Prince Henry the Navigator, and Jacques Cartier. After him are Erik the Red, David Livingstone, Jacques Cousteau, Xuanzang, Leif Erikson, and Thor Heyerdahl.

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Among people born in 1861, Fridtjof Nansen ranks 4Before him are Rabindranath Tagore, Rudolf Steiner, and Mehmed VI. After him are Lou Andreas-Salomé, Georges Méliès, James Naismith, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Victor Horta, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Erich von Falkenhayn, and Alfred North Whitehead. Among people deceased in 1930, Fridtjof Nansen ranks 2Before him is Arthur Conan Doyle. After him are Alfred Wegener, Ilya Repin, Vladimir Mayakovsky, William Howard Taft, Zewditu, Miguel Primo de Rivera, Allvar Gullstrand, D. H. Lawrence, Cosima Wagner, and Horst Wessel.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Fridtjof Nansen ranks 10 out of 735Before him are Edvard Grieg (1843), Roald Amundsen (1872), Harald Fairhair (850), Knut Hamsun (1859), Rollo (846), and Harald V of Norway (1937). After him are Erik the Red (950), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (1945), Thor Heyerdahl (1914), Niels Henrik Abel (1802), Olaf Tryggvason (963), and Olaf II of Norway (993).

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), Ohthere of Hålogaland (900), Otto Sverdrup (1854), Naddodd (900), Oscar Wisting (1871), Carsten Borchgrevink (1864), Hjalmar Johansen (1867), and Knut Haugland (1917).