Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was a Norwegian explorer and scientist.
In 1893, he sailed to the Arctic in the From, which was deliberately allowed to drift North with an iceflow. Nansen, accompanied by F. J. Johansen, continued North on foot and reached 86° 14' North, the highest latitude then attained. After World War I, Nansen became League of Nations high commissioner for refugees; Nobel Peace Prize 1923.
He made his first voyage to Greenland waters in a sealing ship in 1882, and in 1888-1889 attempted to cross the Greenland icefield. He was professor of zoology and oceanography at the University of Christiania (now Oslo). Norwegian ambassador in London (1906-1908).
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Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian.