Finn Ronne


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Finn Ronne
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Ronne, Finn

 

Born Dec. 20, 1899, in Horten, Norway. American antarctic explorer.

From 1933 to 1935 and from 1939 to 1941, Ronne took part in R. Byrd’s expeditions. In 1947 and 1948 he led an American expedition that, together with a group of British antarctic explorers, discovered Graham Land and the Antarctic Peninsula. Ronne discovered the south shore of the Weddell Sea, which was named Edith Ronne Land in honor of Ronne’s wife and fellow traveler. In 1957 and 1958 he was in charge of the American Ellsworth Station in Antarctica. A bay of the Bellingshausen Sea was named after Ronne.

REFERENCE

Treshnikov, A. F. Istoriia otkrytiia i issledovaniia Antarktidy. Moscow, 1963.
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Behrendt relates establishing Ellsworth Station on the Filch ner Ice Shelf and wintering-over from 1956 to 1958 under the Queeg-Iike petty tyrannies of Finn Ronne. Behrendt also participated in a traverse over both the Filchner and the Ronne ice shelves, which also encountered deep crevasses (the Grand Chasms of Filchner Ice Shelf were the largest on earth until they released enormous icebergs several years ago).
But Finn Ronne, her husband of two years, was persuasive.
Nevertheless, two American women ended up accompanying their husbands to the Antarctic in 1947 as part of Finn Ronne's expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, in the process becoming the first women to spend a winter on the frozen continent.