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Canadian Vilhjalmur STEFANSSON

born Vilhjálmur Jóhannsson STEFANSSON

Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on November 03, 1879 in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada
Died: on August 26, 1962 in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA


Stefansson, born William Stephenson, was born at Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, in 1879. His parents had emigrated from Iceland to Manitoba two years earlier. After losing two children during a period of devastating flooding, the family moved to North Dakota in 1880.

He was educated at the universities of North Dakota and of Iowa (A.B., 1903). During his college years, in 1899, he changed his name to Vilhjalmur Stefansson. He studied anthropology at the graduate school of Harvard University, where for two years he was an instructor.

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