Knud Rasmussen Biography
(Polar Explorer & Father of Eskimology)
Birthday: June 7, 1879 (Gemini)
Born In: Ilulissat, Greenland
Knud Rasmussen was a famous Danish polar explorer and anthropologist. Born in a remote outpost in icy Greenland, Knud grew up with Inuit children and soon mastered their language and traditional Arctic lifestyles. When his family returned to Denmark, Rasmussen settled down to finish his schooling and to contemplate a more conventional life. After a brief foray as an actor, he decided to join the spirit of the age, and embarked on an expedition to study the native people of Greenland and the Arctic. With his ability to speak their language, and having acquired an in-depth knowledge of their culture, he returned home and began touring the country, giving lectures and popular speeches about the Inuit people. He soon desired to return to Greenland and, together with a fellow polar explorer, established a trading post in the extreme north of the territory. Thirsty for more adventure, he soon began exploring all of Greenland and the greater Arctic Circle in an attempt to document, memorialize and chart the Inuit people's culture, language and migration patterns. Although never formally educated, Rasmussen's contributions to anthropology and polar exploration are recognized by academic authorities worldwide. He died having recorded and documented vast knowledge about the native people of the Arctic.