"Fridtjof Nansen began his career by shattering the boundaries of human exploration, and he brought the same courage and tenacity to his fight to support refugees", Google said. He was an exemplary skier and ice skater and led the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888. He traversed the island on cross-country skis. He won worldwide fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14′ during his North Pole expedition of 1893-1896. His techniques of polar travel and innovations in clothing made him a pioneer and influenced several generations of Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
Google today is celebrating the 156th birthday of the pioneering Norwegian, Fridtjof Nansen.
In 1905, Fridtjof Nansen struggled for the independence of Norway from Sweden, and after the Union dissolved, served as the country's minister to Britain.
In 1924, Nansen was commissioned by the League of Nations to tackles the issue of the Armenian refugees following the Genocide between 1915 and 1923.
Fridtjof Nansen also worked with League of Nations, the predecessor of United Nations. Apart from the adventure, Nansen was also recognized for his work in helping millions of refugees return home post World War I. In fact, in 1922, Nansen was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in "helping those without a voice and searching for a home". However, the League of Nations established the Nansen International Office for Refugees to ensure that his work does not go waste and even after his death it continues. Nansen won Nobel prizes and acclaim after he created a record by reaching the northern latitude of 86°14′ during his North Pole expedition between 1893-96.