Peter Freuchen Biography
(Danish Arctic Explorer, Author, Journalist and Anthropologist Who is Known for His Role in Arctic Exploration)
Birthday: February 20, 1886 (Pisces)
Born In: Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Lorenz Peter Elfred Freuchen was an explorer from Denmark renowned for his participation in the Arctic exploration. He was also an author, journalist, and anthropologist. A native of the southern Danish city of Nykøbing Falster, Freuchen studied medicine for a period before opting for a life in the outdoors. In 1906, he embarked on his first expedition to Greenland. He and Polar explorer Knud Rasmussen ventured on several expeditions together, between 1910 and 1924. They set up the Thule Trading Station at Cape York (Uummannaq), Greenland, as a trading base in 1910. In time, it started being used as the home base for the seven Thule Expeditions, between 1912 and 1933. During this period, Freuchen developed a deep understanding of the Inuit culture. His first wife was an Inuit herself. In the later years of his life, he worked at the newspaper ‘Politiken’ and was employed as the editor-in-chief of a magazine, ‘Ude og Hjemme.’ Freuchen was also involved in the film industry. He was a consultant, scriptwriter and even had his own movie company. During the World War II, he actively worked against Nazi Germany and was part of the Danish resistance movement. As an author, he published both fiction and non-fiction books, several of which were edited by his third wife, Dagmar Cohn.