Svend Foyn

1809 - 1894

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Svend Foyn (July 9, 1809 – November 30, 1894) was a Norwegian whaling, shipping magnate and philanthropist. He pioneered revolutionary methods for hunting and processing whales. Svend Foyn introduced the modern harpoon cannon and brought whaling into a modern age. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Svend Foyn has received more than 46,700 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Svend Foyn is the 325th most popular businessperson, the 238th most popular biography from Norway and the 2nd most popular Norwegian Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, Svend Foyn ranks 325 out of 604Before him are Jim Marshall, Sundar Pichai, Vincent J. McMahon, Toto Wolff, Ben Bradlee, and Milton S. Hershey. After him are Lei Jun, Marc Rich, Andrea Agnelli, Isabella Beeton, Linda McMahon, and Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

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Among people born in 1809, Svend Foyn ranks 53Before him are James David Forbes, Oswald Heer, Ernst Rudolf von Trautvetter, William B. Travis, Rutherford Alcock, and Johann Heinrich Blasius. After him are Manuel Montt, George Engelmann, Santiago Derqui, Aleksey Koltsov, Thomas Campbell Eyton, and Juan Antonio Pezet. Among people deceased in 1894, Svend Foyn ranks 52Before him are Rafael Núñez, Franjo Rački, Maria Deraismes, Amelia Bloomer, Boston Corbett, and Brian Houghton Hodgson. After him are Philipp Spitta, Heinrich Karl Brugsch, Jubal Early, Gillis Bildt, Juan N. Méndez, and William Dwight Whitney.

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Among people born in Norway, Svend Foyn ranks 238 out of 735Before him are Jens Bjørneboe (1920), Kristen Nygaard (1926), John Lyng (1905), Hans Jæger (1854), Helge Løvland (1890), and Sigbjørn Obstfelder (1866). After him are Kristine Bonnevie (1872), Magnar Solberg (1937), Michael Sars (1805), Per Borten (1913), Kirsti Sparboe (1946), and Sam Eyde (1866).


Among businesspeople born in Norway, Svend Foyn ranks 2Before him are Max Manus (1914). After him are Johan Anker (1871), Terje Hauge (1965), and Håkon Wium Lie (1965).