Fridtjof NANSEN

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Explorer - 20th century, Scandinavian politician

NorwegianBorn Fridtjof NANSEN

Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Born on October 10, 1861 in Store Frøen, Christiania, Norway

Died on May 13, 1930 in Polhøgda, Lysaker, Norway

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The Nansen family originated in Denmark. Hans Nansen (1598–1667), a trader, was an early explorer of the White Sea region of the Arctic Ocean. In later life he settled in Copenhagen, becoming the city's borgmester in 1654. Later generations of the family lived in Copenhagen until the mid-18th century, when Ancher Antoni Nansen moved to Norway (then ruled by Denmark). His son, Hans Leierdahl Nansen (1764–1821), was a magistrate first in the Trondheim district, later in Jæren. After Norway's separation from Denmark in 1814, he entered national political life as the representative for Stavanger in the first Storting, and became a strong advocate of union with Sweden. After suffering a paralytic stroke in 1821 Hans Leierdahl Nansen died, leaving a four-year-old son, Baldur Fridtjof Nansen, the explorer's father.

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