Famous Scientists from Norway

List of notable or famous scientists from Norway, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in Norway and even some popular scientists who immigrated to Norway. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Norwegian scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known scientist from Norway is included when available.

This list contains people like Fridtjof Nansen and Thor Heyerdahl.

This historic scientists from Norway list can help answer the questions "Who are some Norwegian scientists of note?" and "Who are the most famous scientists from Norway?" These prominent scientists of Norway may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Norwegian scientists.

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  • Anton Skulberg (29 December 1921 – 30 August 2012) was a Norwegian scientist and politician for the Centre Party. He was born in Kristiania as a son of Ragnvald Skulberg (1895–1972) and housewife Anna Marie Busch (1893–1946). Between 9 April 1940 and 27 May 1940 he participated as a soldier in the Norwegian Campaign. He enrolled as a student in 1942, graduated from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 1949, and took further education at the universities of Oxford 1955 and Cambridge 1963. He took his doctorate (dr.med.vet.) in 1965, on the topic Studies on the formation of toxin by Clostridium botulinum. He was first employed at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 1953, ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1921-2012)
    • Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
  • Fridtjof Nansen
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    Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen (Norwegian: [²fɾɪtːjɔf ˈnɑnsn̩]; 10 October 1861 – 13 May 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In his youth he was a champion skier and ice skater. He led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, traversing the island on cross-country skis. He won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14′ during his Fram expedition of 1893–1896. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1861-1930)
    • Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
  • Gerhard Armauer Hansen
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    Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen (29 July 1841 – 12 February 1912) was a Norwegian physician, remembered for his identification of the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae in 1873 as the causative agent of leprosy.
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1841-1912)
    • Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
  • Gunnar Skirbekk

    Gunnar Skirbekk is a Norwegian philosopher. He is professor emeritus at the Department of Philosophy and the Center for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.
    • Age: 85
  • Hanna Resvoll-Holmsen
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    Hanna Maria Resvoll-Holmsen (née Resvoll) (11 September 1873 in Vågå, Oppland – 13 March 1943 in Oslo) was a Norwegian botanist – a female pioneer in Norwegian natural history education and nature conservation together with her sister, Thekla Resvoll.
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1873-1943)
  • Harald Sverdrup
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    Harald Sverdrup

    Harald Sverdrup may refer to: Harald Sverdrup (oceanographer) (Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, 1888–1957), Norwegian oceanographer and meteorologist Harald Ulrik Sverdrup (engineer) (1846–1916), Norwegian engineer Harald Sverdrup (writer) (Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, 1923–1992), Norwegian poet and children's writer Harald Ulrik Sverdrup (politician) (1813–1891), Norwegian priest and politician
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1888-1957)
    • Birthplace: Sogndal, Norway