Brain Byte

Fridtjof Nansen

  • Published7 Jan 2021
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

While best remembered for his achievements in arctic exploration and diplomacy, Fridtjof Nansen began his career in neuroscience.

Brain Bytes showcase essential facts about neuroscience.

Fridtjof Nansen brain byte
Design by A. Tong

Design by Adrienne Tong.

Image by The Fram Museum, Oslo.



Edwards, J. S., & Huntford, R. (1998). Fridtiof Nansen: from the neuron to the North Polar Sea. Endeavour, 22(2), 76–80. doi:10.1016/s0160-9327(98)01118-1

The Nobel Peace Prize 1922. (n.d.). Retrieved November 05, 2020, from

The First Crossing of Greenland (1888-1889). (2019, July 10). Retrieved November 19, 2020, from

Neuroscience in the News

Check out the latest news from the field.

Read More

BrainFacts Book

Download a copy of the newest edition of the book, Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System.


Educator Resources

Explain the brain to your students with a variety of teaching tools and resources.