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

Norway Now

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 Did 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.
The 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.

Alone on the Ice: Roald Amundsen

A short biography marked by crisp prose

Saint Joseph's Convent of Mercy Primary School's Home Page (Ireland)

Only three paragraphs, but with a depiction of Amundsen and polar maps.

Antarctica Philately

Distinctive and useful; contains information not appearing in other sites.

Amundsen, Roald


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