Fridtjof Nansen - Scientist, Diplomat and Humanist

  1. O. M. Johannessen,
  2. R. D. Muench and
  3. J. E. Overland
  1. Tore Gjelsvik

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM085p0001

The Polar Oceans and Their Role in Shaping the Global Environment

The Polar Oceans and Their Role in Shaping the Global Environment

How to Cite

Gjelsvik, T. (1994) Fridtjof Nansen - Scientist, Diplomat and Humanist, in The Polar Oceans and Their Role in Shaping the Global Environment (eds O. M. Johannessen, R. D. Muench and J. E. Overland), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM085p0001

Author Information

  1. The Fram Committee, Oslo, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1994

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900421

Online ISBN: 9781118663882

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Keywords:

  • Arctic Ocean—Congresses;
  • Antarctic Ocean—Congresses;
  • Climatic changes—Congresses

Summary

In my opinion, no Norwegian has made a deeper impression upon his contemporaries than Fridtjof Nansen. Even today, more than 60 years after he passed away, young people who want to make an extraordinary physical effort talk about walking in his footsteps - or skiing in his ski tracks. References to Nansen's humanitarian efforts after the first world war can be read almost daily in Norwegian newspapers in articles discussing aid to refugees, starving populations or ethnic minorities threatened with extermination. More than 200,000 people, many of them foreigners, visit Nansen's famous polar ship FRAM, housed on the peninsula Bygdøy, on the outskirt of Oslo.