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Roald Amundsen

1872 - 1928

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Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (UK: , US: ; Norwegian: [ˈrùːɑɫ ˈɑ̂mʉnsən] ; 16 July 1872 – c. 18 June 1928) was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He was a key figure of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Born in Borge, Østfold, Norway, Amundsen began his career as a polar explorer as first mate on Adrien de Gerlache's Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897–1899. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roald Amundsen has received more than 3,736,208 page views. His biography is available in 152 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 147 in 2019). Roald Amundsen is the 7th most popular explorer, the 2nd most popular biography from Norway (up from 3rd in 2019) and the most popular Norwegian Explorer.

Roald Amundsen is most famous for being the first person to reach the South Pole.

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Among EXPLORERS

Among explorers, Roald Amundsen ranks 7 out of 498Before him are Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, and Ibn Battuta. After him are Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, Francis Drake, and Francisco Pizarro.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1872, Roald Amundsen ranks 1After him are Piet Mondrian, Bertrand Russell, Haakon VII of Norway, Alexandra Kollontai, Alexandra Feodorovna, Calvin Coolidge, Johan Huizinga, Charles Greeley Abbot, Paul Langevin, Marcel Mauss, and Anton Denikin. Among people deceased in 1928, Roald Amundsen ranks 1After him are Hendrik Lorentz, Wilhelm Wien, Leoš Janáček, Max Scheler, Maria Feodorovna, Emmeline Pankhurst, Édouard-Henri Avril, Pyotr Wrangel, Johannes Fibiger, Theodore William Richards, and Zhang Zuolin.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Roald Amundsen ranks 2 out of 1,039Before him are Edvard Munch (1863). After him are Ragnar Lodbrok (850), Harald V of Norway (1937), Edvard Grieg (1843), Henrik Ibsen (1828), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (1945), Knut Hamsun (1859), Niels Henrik Abel (1802), Fridtjof Nansen (1861), Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832), and Harald Fairhair (850).

Among EXPLORERS In Norway

Among explorers born in Norway, Roald Amundsen ranks 1After him are Fridtjof Nansen (1861), Erik the Red (950), Thor Heyerdahl (1914), Ingólfr Arnarson (850), Otto Sverdrup (1854), Naddodd (900), Thekla Resvoll (1871), Carsten Borchgrevink (1864), Ohthere of Hålogaland (900), Carl Anton Larsen (1860), and Hjalmar Johansen (1867).