Shackleton Centenary Expedition

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Fridtjof Nansen

In today's message, Henry referred to his Asnes Nansen skis, which have a picture of Nansen on them, as you can see, the image is quite haunting. These were taken by Henry down on the ice today.

Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen (October 10, 1861 - May 13, 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist and diplomat. Nansen was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work as a League of Nations High Commissioner.

Initially starting out as pioneer sports skier, then as a polar explorer, Nansen achieved great success with his Arctic expedition aboard the Fram (Nansen and Johansen started north on March 14, 1895 with three sledges, two kayaks and twenty-eight dogs. On April 8, 1895, they reached 84 °4' N, the highest latitude then attained). He later became noted as a zoologist and oceanographer, and was a pioneer of the neuron theory. He was also a distinguished diplomat, eventually becoming Commissioner of refugees for the League of Nations.



Click here to go to the wikipedia website where you can learn more about Fridtjof Nansen.

Posted by SCE on December 4, 2008 12:33 PM