Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian polar explorer,
scientist, diplomat, humanist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Nansen became famous in the 1880s and '90s for his exploration of
the Arctic, which he described extensively in many books, often illustrated by
himself. He played a key part in the successful dissolution of the union
between Sweden and Norway in 1905, and served as Norway's first ambassador to
the United Kingdom. Later he made major contributions to the foundation of the
science of physical oceanography, and after World War I he worked extensively
with the repatriation of prisoners of war and refugees, and with famine relief.
This work was carried out both under the auspices of the League of Nations and
on Nansen's own initiative. For his humanitarian efforts he was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize for 1922.
Fridtjof Nansen lived at Polhøgda from its completion in 1901 until
his death in May 1930. His grave is located in the garden in front of the
Further information in English:
Nansen's PhD thesis: The Structure and
Combination of the Histological Elements of the Central Nervous System,
1887 (PDF, 27.1 Mb).
A biography of Fridtjof Nansen
is found in Chr. A. R. Christensen's Fridtjof Nansen. A
Life in the Service of Science and Humanity.
illustrated Nansen biography by Asle Sveen is found on the NobelPrize.org
Nansen: Scientist and Humanitarian.
Fridtjof Nansen's biography
The National Library of Norway maintains an
online database of 3500
photographs related to Fridtjof Nansen. Parts of the database have also
been translated into English, French and Spanish.
|The Fridtjof Nansen
Institute (FNI) is an independent foundation engaged in research
on international environmental, energy, and resource management politics.
The Institute maintains a multi-disciplinary approach, with main emphasis
on political science, economics, and international law.
FNI is located at
Polhøgda, the home of Fridtjof