Who was Fridtjof Nansen?
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Why Google Doodle for Fridtjof Nansen?
Well, we all know Google dedicate a Doodle on any prominent personality’s Birth or Death Anniversary! And, on today’s date 156 years or 1872 Months ago Fridtjof Nansen was born in Nansen family of Denish Origin!
Just at the age of 15, in the year 1882, Fridtjof Nansen took a five-month-long Voyage to study the Artic’s Zoology.
He carried out many such voyages and published a few research papers which are considered as classics and referred by many academicians.
On his return from the Fram expedition in 1896, a professorship in zoology was established for Nansen at the University of Kristiania, but his interests shifted from zoology to physical oceanography, and in 1908 his status was changed to professor of oceanography.
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Top 5 Facts about Fridtjof Nansen
- For Fridtjof Nansen’s relief work after World War I, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace (1922).
- As a young man, Fridtjof Nansen was a great outdoor athlete, an accomplished skater and skier, and a keen hunter and fisherman. In 1882, when he joined the sealing ship Viking for a voyage to the Greenland waters.
- In 1882 he was appointed a curator of zoology at the Bergen Museum. He wrote papers on zoological and histological subjects, illustrated by excellent drawings.
- At the first assembly of the League of Nations in 1920, the Norwegian delegation was headed by Nansen, who was to remain one of the outstanding members of the assembly until his death.
- In 1922 Nansen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace; he used the prize money for the furtherance of international relief work. The Nansen International Office for Refugees won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1938.
Did you know Nansen’s Passport? On July 5, 1922, on Fridtjof Nansen’s initiative, an international agreement was signed in Geneva introducing the identification card for displaced persons known as the “Nansen passport.”
In 1931 the Nansen International Office for Refugees was created in Geneva (after Nansen’s death); it cared mainly for anticommunist (“White”) Russians, for Armenians from Turkey, and, later, for Jews from Nazi Germany.
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