- Finnish Explorer -
( 1832 - 1901 )
|* List of the stories
he appears in :
- D 2001-024 : "The Crown of the Crusader Kings", from 2001, by Don Rosa.
* His biography :
Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1832, and later became naturalised Swedish. He studied geology, mineralogy and chemistry and then became one of the best geologists, explorers, and geographers.
Between 1875 and 1876, he made two expeditions to the Kara Sea and the mouth of the Yenisei.
Between 1878 and 1879 he was the first to complete a voyage through the North-Eastern straits from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Sailing from Tromso in the steamship Vega, he neared the Bering Strait before being frozen in for the winter, and successfully completing the voyage the following spring.
He mapped the south of Spitsbergen island. He was a member of the Stockholm Academy of Sciences, an associate member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and an Honorary Member of the Russian Geographical Society.
He died in 1901.
His name was given to the archipelago to the north of the island of Taimyr, to the bays of Novaya Zemlya and to the northeast of the Spitsbergen, and to a peninsula in the same area.
The explorer Otto Nordenskiöld was his nephew.
* His place in the Barks/Rosa stories universe
In "The Crown of the Crusader Kings", Scrooge meets A. E. Nordenskiöld at the Chicago Universal Exposition, where he speaks about his new book, "First maps of America", because he wants to buy him recent maps of the Australian Outback, made by the Forrest brothers. There, he learns that he inspired himself with Christopher Colombus' logbook he bought in 1878 in Lisbonne, before he made his voyage through the North-Eastern passage. He tells this book and several other books have been very useful when the "Vega" was blocked for ten months in the Kolyuchin Bay, (in the story, Kolyuchin Bay isn't said to be in Russia but in Brutopia), but when the thaw arrived, the danger because odf the icebergs was so big that he ha to leave the books in his stone hut. The Ducks will later go and recover the book in Brutopia... About this, Don Rosa told "I don't know if A.E. Nordenskiöld actually had the lost logbook of Columbus, but it's the sort of thing he collected and studied, so if anyone ever had it, he would have... that's why I knew that using him would be a great way to tie Finland into that plot which I already had in my notes."
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