Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen

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Rasmussen, Knud Johan Victor


Born June 7, 1879, in Jakobshavn, Greenland; died Dec. 21, 1933, in Copenhagen. Danish ethnographer and explorer of Greenland and the American arctic.

Rasmussen participated in various research expeditions in Greenland beginning in 1902 and explored the northern part of the country. In 1910 he organized a station on the northwestern coast of Greenland at Thule, on Cape York, which became a base for his seven Thule expeditions between 1912 and 1933. In the period 1921–24 he completed a dog-sledge journey with his companions from Hudson Bay to the Bering Sea, a distance of 18,000 km. Rasmussen and his companions amassed considerable data on the ethnography, anthropology, folklore, and language of the Eskimo.


Under Nordenvindens svebe. Copenhagen, 1906.
Min Rejsedagbog; skildringer fra den første Thule-Ekspedition, 4th ed.
Copenhagen-Kristiania, 1935.
In Russian translation:
Velikii sannyi put’. Leningrad, 1935.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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