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Thor Heyerdahl (1914 - 2002)

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Thor Heyerdahl
Born in Larvik, Vestfold, Norwaymap
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Died in Colla Micheri, Alassio, Italiamap
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Biography

Thor Heyerdahl 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.

During his life, Heyerdahl received many awards, honors and honorary degrees from all over the world. Norwegian honors which he received include:

  • Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
Commander: 1951
Commander with Star: 1970
Grand Cross: 1987
  • St. Hallvard's Medal: 1997

Read more about Thor at Wikipedia.

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