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Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930)

"No future, however, can be built on despair, distrust, hatred, and envy."

Scientist and polar explorer

Bidding farewell to the «Fram» and the crew, as Fridtjof Nansen and H. Johansen set out on their expedition toward the North Pole.
The most important thing in all research is not the results, the final conclusion, but the research itself, the struggle to achieve the results.
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 1881 Began to study zoology at the University
  • 1882 Five month Arctic's sea voyage on board of the Viking.
  • 1887 Doctoral thesis:Structure and Combination of Histological Elements of the Central Nervous System.
  • 1888 Lead the first Crossing of Greenland interior.
  • 1893–1896 The Fram drift through the ices of the Arctic ocean.
  • 1895
    • 14 March Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen leave the Fram and try to reach the north pole, distant of 660 km.
    • 7 April Nansen turn south, after reaching 86°13.6′N, three degrees beyond the previous Farthest North mark.

Diplomat and humanitarian

Fridtjof Nansen testing food at mealtimes of orphan boys in a summer camp.
If nations […] could meet with confidence […], they would easily be able to establish a lasting peace.
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 1906–1908 Norway's ambassador in London.
  • 1920–1930 Norway's delegate at the League of Nations general Assembly.
  • 1920 At the League of nation's request, Nansen began organising the repatriation of around half a million prisoners of war.
  • 1921 Appointed the first High Commissioner for Refugees by the League of Nations.
  • 1921–1922 Nansen organize a relief programme for millions of victims of the Russian Famine of 1921-1922.
  • 1922 The first Nansen passports are issued.
  • 1922 Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of his work for refugees and the famine-stricken.
  • 1925–1927 Work for helping the Armenian's refugees.

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