Where None Have Gone Before: the Life of Roald Amundsen
By Linn Ryne
A readable and comprehensive biography.
Amundsen Was Double Winner — New Evidence Indicates He, Not Byrd, Was
First to Reach North Pole
The article reports a news story of 1996 concerning new information
casting further doubt on the claim of Admiral Byrd that he flew
was the first to fly over the North Pole (on May 9, 1926). Unfortunately,
the article's recitation of background information is faulty
as is its conclusion that establishing the falsity of Byrd's claim
would mean that Amundsen, not Byrd, was
the first to reach the North Pole. While Byrd's claim to
having flown over the pole is very much in doubt (see
Richard Byrd get to the North Pole in 1926?),
there is no doubt that the North Pole was first reached
by Robert Peary's expedition in 1909. If Byrd did perpetrate a
hoax, this does not mean that Amundsen was the first to reach
the pole, but that he was the first to fly over it.
final paragraph which states the six years after 1926 (i.e.,
1932), Amundsen reached the south pole is inaccurate. Amundsen
reached the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911; he died in 1928.
on the Ice: Roald Amundsen
A short biography marked by crisp prose.
Convent of Mercy Primary School's Home Page (Ireland)
three paragraphs, but with a depiction of Amundsen and polar maps.
Distinctive and useful; contains
information not appearing in other sites.
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