Heyerdahl, Thor, 1914-2002

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Thor Heyerdahl (born 6 October 1914 in Larvik, Norway; died 18 April 2002 in Colla micheri, Italy) was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany and geography.

Heyerdahl is notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between societies.


Date: 1914-10-06 (Birth) - 2002-04-18 (Death)


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Name Entry: Heyerdahl, Thor, 1914-2002

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Place: South Africa, Africa

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Place: Waterloo, Belgium

Found Data: Waterloo, Belgium
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