Fridtjof Nansen a legendary Norwegian explorer and refugee activist; Know some facts about him

Fridtjof Nansen, a Noble Peace Prize Laureate one of the most interesting lives in the 19th-20th centuries has received honoured on his 156th birthday. He was born on 10th October 1861 near Oslo. According to the Nobel Foundation, it was his proficiency in skiing that enabled him to explore as much as he did. Today Google Doodle marked the 156th Birth Anniversary of Fridtjof Nansen. He was the Norwegian explorer and humanitarian activist. He is best remembered for his extraordinary cross-country skier. He is the person who also played a major role in supporting refugees around the world after the First World War.

Nansen passed his University entrance exam the examen artium in 1880. And decided to study zoology, he chose the subject because he thought that this topic offered a chance of life in the air. Later, he started his studies at the Royal Frederick University in Christiania in 1881.

In 1921 Nansen devoted himself primarily to the League of Nations as the League’s High Commissioner for Refugees. And then in 1922, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary work on the behalf of the refugees who were the victims of the First World War and related conflicts. In the wake of this initiative, he introduced Nansen passport for stateless persons. And he worked for the refugees until his death. After his death, the league established the Nansen International Office for Refugees to mark and to continue his work.