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The Roald Amundsen Memorial Lecture

15 November 2012


The Fram Museum is organizing the first annual Roald Amundsen Memorial Lecture on 14 December 2012, the 101st anniversary of the attainment of the South Pole. 

The Memorial Lecture will be held at the Fram Museum every year on 14 December to commemorate the life and achievements of Roald Amundsen. The lecture will be followed by a formal dinner on the deck of the Fram.

The Roald Amundsen Memorial Lecture 2012 is held by Roland Huntford. His topic: Roald Amundsen and the End of the Age of Exploration.

Roland Huntford (born 1927) lives in Cambridge, and was formerly Scandinavian correspondent of the Observer, also acting as their winter sports correspondent. He was the 1986–87 Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

He is also Senior Member of Wolfson College in Cambridge and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Roland is the author of The Last Place on Earth (originally titled Scott and Amundsen) which had a tremendous impact on public interest in polar matters. He has also written biographies of Ernest H. Shackleton and Fridtjof Nansen. Huntford’s other books include Sea of Darkness, The Sayings of Henrik Ibsen and Two Planks and a Passion: The dramatic history of skiing.

To attend the Roald Amundsen Memorial Lecture 2012, please send your name and address to There is a limited number of seats available. If fully booked we will consider repeating the event on Saturday 15 December. The fee for the event is NOK 1290,- which includes the lecture, a four-course dinner with wine, coffee/tea and avec.

Doors open at 18:00, the lecture starts at 19:00.

"Victory awaits him, who has everything in order - luck we call it.  Defeat is definitely due for him, who has neglected to take the necessary precautions - bad luck we call it"

Roald Amundsen

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