photo credits: uncredited - PD NASA
Norwegian anthropologist and adventurerwd:Q133622
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language of expression: Norwegian, English, Italian
educated at: University of Oslo
occupation: explorer, anthropologist, archaeologist, historian, screenwriter, marine biologist
award received: Fridtjof Nansen Award for outstanding research, historical-philosophical class, Empowering award, Peer Gynt Literary Award, Grand Officer of the Order of Wissam El Alaoui, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Order of the Golden Ark, Vega Medal, Patron’s Medal, Mungo Park Medal, Officer of the Order of the Sun of Peru, Lomonosov Gold Medal, docteur honoris causa de l'université d'Oslo
Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian pronunciation: [tuːr ˈhæɪəɖɑːl]; October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002) was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography.
He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between separate cultures. This was linked to a diffusionist model of cultural development. Heyerdahl subsequently made other voyages designed to demonstrate the possibility of contact between widely separated ancient people, notably the Ra II expedition of 1970, when he sailed from the west coast of Africa to Barbados in a papyrus reed boat. He was appointed a government scholar in 1984.
In May 2011, the Thor Heyerdahl Archives were added to UNESCO's "Memory of the World" Register. At the time, this list included 238 collections from all over the world. The Heyerdahl Archives span the years 1937 to 2002 and include his photographic collection, diaries, private letters, expedition plans, articles, newspaper clippings, original book, and article manuscripts. The Heyerdahl Archives are administered by the Kon-Tiki Museum and the National Library of Norway in Oslo.
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