Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Posted July 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment

Roald Amundsen

On July 16, 1872, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born. In 1911, Amundsen led the Antarctic expedition to discover the South Pole, beating his British rival Robert Falcon Scott. He was also the first explorer to reach both the North and South Poles and the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage. Amundsen disappeared in 1928 while taking part in a rescue mission. Along with fellow explorers Scott and Ernest Shackleton, Amundsen is remembered as a key expedition leader during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

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