Thor Heyerdahl

1914 - 2002

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Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian pronunciation: [tuːr ˈhæ̀ɪəɖɑːɫ]; 6 October 1914 – 18 April 2002) was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany and geography. Heyerdahl is notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between societies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thor Heyerdahl has received more than 1,725,039 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Thor Heyerdahl is the 22nd most popular explorer (up from 24th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Norway (up from 13th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Norwegian Explorer.

Thor Heyerdahl is most famous for his Kon-Tiki expedition. He was a Norwegian explorer who wanted to prove that people from South America could have traveled to Polynesia on balsa wood rafts.

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Among explorers, Thor Heyerdahl ranks 22 out of 405Before him are Fridtjof Nansen, Erik the Red, David Livingstone, Jacques Cousteau, Xuanzang, and Leif Erikson. After him are Abel Tasman, Vitus Bering, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Willem Barentsz, Juan Sebastián Elcano, and Jeanne Baret.

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Among people born in 1914, Thor Heyerdahl ranks 3Before him are Yuri Andropov and Louis de Funès. After him are Tove Jansson, Hedy Lamarr, Marguerite Duras, Tenzing Norgay, Romain Gary, Michael Wittmann, Jiang Qing, Julio Cortázar, and William S. Burroughs. Among people deceased in 2002, Thor Heyerdahl ranks 6Before him are Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Astrid Lindgren, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Pierre Bourdieu, and Simo Häyhä. After him are John Rawls, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Billy Wilder, Richard Harris, László Kubala, and Chuck Jones.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Thor Heyerdahl ranks 12 out of 735Before him are Knut Hamsun (1859), Rollo (846), Harald V of Norway (1937), Fridtjof Nansen (1861), Erik the Red (950), and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (1945). After him are Niels Henrik Abel (1802), Olaf Tryggvason (963), Olaf II of Norway (993), Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832), Vidkun Quisling (1887), and Queen Sonja of Norway (1937).

Among EXPLORERS In Norway

Among explorers born in Norway, Thor Heyerdahl ranks 4Before him are Roald Amundsen (1872), Fridtjof Nansen (1861), and Erik the Red (950). After him are 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).