Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld

Geologist, Academic

1832 – 1901

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Who was Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld?

Friherr Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld was a Finnish baron, botanist, geologist, mineralogist and arctic explorer of Finland-Swedish origin. He was a member of the prominent Finland-Swedish Nordenskiöld family of scientists.

Born in the Grand Duchy of Finland at the time it was a part of the Russian Empire, he was later, due to his political activity, forced to live in political exile in Sweden, where he later would become a member of the Parliament of Sweden and the Swedish Academy. He is most remembered for the Vega expedition along the northern coast of Eurasia, which he led in 1878 and 1879. This was the first complete crossing of the Northeast Passage.

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Born
Nov 18, 1832
Helsinki
Also known as
  • Adolf Erik Nordenskiold
  • A. E. Nordenskiöld
Children
Ethnicity
  • Swedish-speaking population of Finland
Nationality
  • Finland
  • Sweden
Profession
Education
  • University of Helsinki
Lived in
  • Helsinki
Died
Aug 12, 1901
Södermanland

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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