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Fridtjof Nansen

The Nobel Peace Prize 1922

Zoologist - Neuroscientist, Polar Explorer, Oceanographer, Humanitarian. 'Nansen Passports' for stateless refugees. Despite Russia then being suspect in Western nations, relief for 7,000,000 to 22,000,000 Russians dying of famine.

Ministered to refugees - methods became classic: custodial care, repatriation, rehabilitation, resettlement, emigration, integration.

Love of mankind is politics in practice.

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Nansen, Fridtjof, Norwegian Arctic Explorer and Oceanographer 1861-1930, Water Encyclopedia.

With Nansen to the North Pole, The Northern Lights Route, University Library of Tromsø - 1999.

Frozen in the ice - polar research then and now, ScienceNordic, June 12, 2013.

Fridtjof Nansen
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Name: Fridtjof Nansen
Birth: 10 October 1861, Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway
Death: 13 May 1930, Oslo, Norway
Residence at the time of the award: Norway
Role: Originator of "Nansen passports" (for refugees), Norwegian Delegate, Société des Nations, Explorer, Scientist
Field: humanitarian work
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