Vilhjalmur Stefansson was an Icelandic American Arctic explorer and ethnologist. He was born in Manitoba, Canada, and died at the age of 82.
|Born:||November 03, 1879, Manitoba, Canada|
|Died:||August 26, 1962|
|Alma mater:||of North Dakota and of Iowa (A.B, 1903)|
|Occupation:||Harvard University Professor, Arctic explorer|
|Organization:||President of the History of Science Society from 1945–46|
|Known for:||Exploring the Arctic|
About Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Polar explorer who challenged many of the conventions about the North Pole.
He spent a winter living with the Inuit people and learning their culture.
Instead of thinking of the North Pole as a frozen wilderness with uncivilized natives, he called it the Polar Mediterranean where three continents joined together.
His parents were Icelandic immigrants to Canada.
Previous arctic explorers like Joseph Rene Bellot ignored the people of the land, but Stefansson studied them.
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