Johan Ferner

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Johan Martin Ferner
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Johan Martin Ferner in 2007.
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Birth nameJohan Martin Jacobsen
Born(1927-07-22)22 July 1927
Asker, Norway
Died24 January 2015(2015-01-24) (aged 87)
The National Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Ingeborg Hesselberg-Meyer
(m. 1953;div. 1956)

(m. 1961)

Johan Martin Ferner ( Johan Martin Jacobsen; 22 July 1927 24 January 2015) was a Norwegian sailor and Olympic medalist. He won a silver medal in the 6 metre class with the boat Elisabeth X at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, together with Finn Ferner (his brother), Erik Heiberg, Tor Arneberg and Carl Mortensen. [1] He was married to Princess Astrid, the sister of King Harald V of Norway. He was also the brother-in-law of Princess Ragnhild.



Johan Ferner was the son of master tailor Ferner Jacobsen (18841964), who established a department store in Oslo, and his wife, Ragnhild Olsen (18891966). He inherited the department store in 1964. Ferner was originally his father's given name and was adopted as a family name by Johan Martin Ferner and his siblings. His grandfather was maritime pilot Johan Martin Jacobsen (18501907) from Tjøme, son of blacksmith Jacob Andreas Knudsen (18191868).

Marriages and children

Firstly, on 20 January 1953, Johan Ferner married artist Ingeborg 'Bitte' Hesselberg-Meyer (later Rostad; 19311997). They divorced 1956. He then remarried at Asker Church outside Oslo on 12 January 1961 to Princess Astrid of Norway, the second daughter of King Olav V of Norway and Princess Märtha of Sweden. [2]

The couple had five children:


National honours

Foreign honours


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  2. "1952 Olympic silver medalist Ferner dies". 24 January 2015. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
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  8. Birth announcement in Aftenposten 25 February 1984 No. 95 p. 18 and Norwegian tax lists of 2001 and 2009.
  10. "OHF-styret". OSF. Archived from the original on 2012-05-16.
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  13. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Johan wearing orders, order miniatures and medals
  14. 1 2 3 4 Johan wearing Luxembourg and Spanish orders and new medals
  15. 1 2 3 Johan wearing Belgian, Jordanian and Luxembourg orders