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Listed below are other Norwegians of high attainment. There are, however, not yet extensive resources relating to them on the Internet. Where available, descriptions of them by the Norway Online Information Service, appearing on the Odin website, are quoted in boxes.

Carl Anton Bjerknes | Vilhelm Bjerknes | Jakob Bjerknes | Jens Bjorneboe | Robert Bly | Ole Bull | Camilla Collett | Trygve Haavelmo | Odd Hassel | Alexander Kiellandissel | Theodor Kittelsen | Christian Lous Lange | Jonas Lie | Sophus Lie | Trygve Halvdan Lie | Atle Selber | Christian Sinding | Gustav Vigeland | Grete Waitz | Henrik Wergeland

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Carl Anton Bjerknes
(father of Vilhelm Bjerknes)

(1825-1903), scientist


Carl Anton Bjerknes -- Thumbnail biography provided
by Scotland's University of St. Andrews.

  Vilhelm Frimann Koren Bjerknes

(father of Jakob Bjerknes)

(1862-1951),  physicist,  meteorologist


Vilhelm Frimann Koren Bjerknes -- Brief biography on website of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.


Jakob Bjerknes

(1897-1975), meteorogist


A Talk Delivered as a Tribute to J. Bjerknes on the 100th Anniversary of His Birth -- An Oct. 25, 1997 address by S.V. Venkateswaran at UCLA where Bjerknes taught. 

The Eye of the Cyclone -- Brief biography posted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Nov. 3, 1997, a day after the centenury of Bjerknes' birth in Kristiania (Oslo).

Jens Bjørneboe
(1920-76), writer

Jens Bjørneboe in English Online Archive -- Esther Greenleaf Mürer's site with a chronology of the writer's life and works, reprints of a number of articles on Bjørneboe, selections from his poems and essays, and links.

Robert Bly
1926 - ), poet, author

Robert Bly, American Poet -- Official By site.
Interview: Robert Bly -- PBS Online offers the transcript of an interview aired on PBS as part of the documentary, "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women."

Links to Info on Robert Bly -- From the website of Montgomery College in Conroe, Texas.

Ole Bull 
(1810-1880), violinist

Violin virtuoso Ole Bull (1810-1880) was probably the musician who most clearly influenced developments in the mid 1800s. Making his international breakthrough in 1834, "The Nordic Paganini," as he was called, laid Europe at his feet. Bull became a model for musicians and writers such as Grieg, Nordraak, Bjørnson, Vinje and Ibsen.  

Excerpted from
..."The History of Music in Norway" 


Camilla Collett

(1813-1895), writer, women's rights advocate

The first modern novel in Norwegian literature, The District Governor's Daughters (Amtmannens Døtre) was published in 1854-55. It was well ahead of its time. Not until the1870s, when the Danish literary critic Georg Brandes pointed out the need for literature which would promote a debate on social problems, was there really any room for realistic writing that addressed the problems of the time. The District Governor's Daughters was issued anonymously, but it was scarcely any secret that the author was a woman. Her name was Camilla Collett (1813-1895). She was a widow with two sons, belonged to the ruling class of state officials, and was the sister of Norway's most gifted and controversial poet, Henrik Wergeland.

Camilla Collett's novel was primarily a demand for the emotional and intellectual liberation of women. Although she did not call for explicit reforms to promote the emancipation of women, this work is regarded as a breakthrough for the cause of sexual equality in Norway. Camilla Collett herself was a strong inspiration for the women who formed the first women's rights organization in 1884. According to the author, her book could equally well have been called "A Nation's Daughters": it was a contribution to a national "story of the female heart." At that time a woman's sole lot and purpose in lifewas to marry, be supported and devote herself to family life. But when this life's mission was not based on the free choice of spouse -- and this was very rarely the case -- women's adult lives were bound to be tragic, asserted Camilla Collett. The radical element in Camilla Collett's demand that women be allowed to choose their own husbands was that it would result in women being treated as independent and responsible individuals, which was hardly the case at that time.  

Excerpted from
..."Norwegian Women Writers"

Trygve Haavelmo
(1911 - ), economist

Trygve Haavelmo -- Biography from the website of The Nobel Foundation. Haavelmo received its prize in economic science in 1989 "for his clarification of the probability theory foundations of econometrics and his analyses of simultaneous economic structures." The site includes a press release setting forth the basis for the award and the laureate's curriculum vitae. 

Odd Hassel
(1897-1981), chemist


Odd Hassel -- Biography from the website of The Nobel Foundation which honored Hassel in 1967 with the prize in chemistry. A page leading in to the biography sets forth that the award was betowed on Hassel and on Sir Derek H. R. Barton of Great Britain ""for their contributions to the development of the concept of conformation and its application in chemistry."  The website includes the presentation speech by Professor Arne Fredga, member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Alexander Kielland
(1849-1906), novelist

Alexander Kielland -- Biography from the website of Kuusankoski Public Library in Finland.

Theodor Kittelsen
(1857-1914), artist

Theodor Kittelson -- Biography with samples of his paintings and illustrations, including a forest troll. From the website of the University of Tromsø.


Christian Lous Lange

(1868-1938), Secretary General,
Inter-Parliamentary Union, Brussels

Christian Lous Lange -- A biography of the 1921 Nobel Peace Prize winner appears on the website of The Nobel Foundation. A cover page notes that the prize was won jointly with Karl Hjalmar Branting, prime minister of Sweden.

Jonas Lie
(1833-1908), novelist, poet

Jonas Lie -- Biography from the Kuusankoski Public Library website.

Sophus Lie
(1842-1899), mathemetician
Marius Sophus Lie -- Biography from the website of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Trygve Halvdan Lie

(1896-1968), statesman; first secretary general of United Nations

Lie, Trygve Halvdan (Norway) -- Biography on homepage of the United Nations.

Lie, Trygve Halvdan -- Brief entry in Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.

Atle Selber
(1917 - ), mathemetician

Atle Selberg -- Biography from the website of the University of St. Andrews.

Fields Medals 1950 -- A salute to the two 1950 winners of the Fields Medal, an award established in 1924 by the International Congress of Mathematicians. Selberg received one of the gold medals, the other going to Laurent Schwartz of Paris.

Christian Sinding

(1856-1941), composer

Christian Sinding -- Website of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra discusses Sinding's Piano Concerto in D Flat Major and provides a biography.
The name of Christian Sinding (1856-1941) was once as much associated with Norway as that of Grieg, not least due to  his famous piano work "Frühlingsrauschen." Many of Sinding's other 130 compositions in various genres are long forgotten. At a time of growing interest in the late Romantic period, however, Sinding's bold, full-blooded music is experiencing a revival. 

Excerpted from
"Norwegian Music in the 20th Century"

Gustav Vigeland

(1869-1943), sculptor

Gustav Vigeland's Sculpture Park in Oslo Norway -- Brief biography, photos of several sculptures.
Gustav Vigeland -- brief biography from Arthema's Web site.  
Heart & Sole: Grete Waitz  -- Biography appearing on a website announcing a Chicago-area 10K run. Waitz is to be featured speaker. There is also a page with a photo of Waite running and a thumbnail biography.
Coffee With Grete -- Interview published in the Syracuse Post Standard.
Grete Waitz Moves On -- Interview with Waitz on the website of the Road Runners Club of America.

Henrik Wergeland 
(1808-1845), national poet

Henrik Wergeland  -- from "Calendar of Authors" website of Kuusankoski Public Library, Finland.

Christmas Eve --  A gripping poem by Wergeland in opposition to intolerance of Jews, put into historical perspective by webmaster Michael Holmboe Meyer.

 Knut Hamsun: Novelist...Nazi Sympatizer
Vidkun Quisling: Norway's Benedict Arnold

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