Thorvald Nilsen

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Thorvald Nilsen
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Born(1881-08-06)6 August 1881
Kristiansand, Norway
Died 19 April 1940(1940-04-19) (aged 58)
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation naval officer and polar explorer

Thorvald Nilsen (6 August 1881 19 April 1940 ) was a Norwegian naval officer and polar explorer. [1]

He was born in Kristiansand where he attended Kristiansand Cathedral School. He was enrolled in the Maritime War at Karljohansvern in Horten, graduating in 1903. He received his skipper's certificate in 1906. [2]

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He was captain of the ship Fram for Amundsen's South Pole expedition from 1910 to 1912. During this period the ship was also used for oceanographic observations and measurements in the south Atlantic Ocean. He was decorated Knight, First Class of the Order of St. Olav in 1913. He served as a naval officer in Norway during World War I, and later settled in Buenos Aires, where he died in 1940. [3]

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  1. "Thorvald Nilsen (1881-1940)". The Fram Museum. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  2. Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Thorvald Nilsen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  3. Barr, Susan. "Thorvald Nilsen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 11 October 2013.