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Thor Heyerdahl
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Norwegian Explorer, Adventurer & Anthropologist
Thor Heyerdahl

Thor Heyerdahl




Tuesday 06 Oct 1914


18 Apr 2002

Thor Heyerdahl
Bio Details

Full name

Thor Heyerdahl





Date of birth

Tuesday 06 Oct 1914

Birth place

Larvik, Norway

Date of death:

18 Apr 2002

Place of death

Colla Micheri, Italy

Cause of death

Brain Cancer







University of Oslo, Norway (1933)

The Kon-Tiki Expedition

Attempting to prove that the people of Polynesia had ancestral ties to the ancient Peruvians, in 1947 Heyerdahl made a 4,300 mile journey by raft from Callao in Peru to the South Seas.  He wrote a book about the adventure, naming it after his raft - the Kon-Tiki.  A 1951 documentary about the journey won an Academy Award.

The constant traveller

During his lifetime Heterdahl went on several expeditions, including the Galapagos where he found pottery that linked the islands to early Ecuadorian and Peruvian Indian cultures, and Easter Island, where he discovered evidence of possible South American ties.  As well as this, he tried to prove that the ancient Egyptians could have sailed to the Americas by building a boat out of papyrus reeds, and managed to make it from Morocco to the Bahamas.

Partners of 
Thor Heyerdahl

Jacqueline Heyerdahl



Yvonne Heyerdahl


3 children together

married 1949
divorce 1969

Liv Rockefeller


2 children together

married 24 Dec 1936
divorce before 1949

Thor Heyerdahl Children

Annette Heyerdahl

died 1990
with Yvonne Heyerdahl

Marian Heyerdahl

with Yvonne Heyerdahl

Helene Elisabeth Heyerdahl

with Yvonne Heyerdahl

Thor Heyerdahl Jr.

born 1937 (ca.), age 81 (ca.)
with Liv Rockefeller

Bjorn Heyerdahl

born 1940 (ca.), age 78 (ca.)
with Liv Rockefeller

Thor Heyerdahl Partner(s) Other Children


Thor Heyerdahl Family

Thor Heyerdahl's parents:

Thor Heyerdahl's father was Thor Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's mother was Alison Heyerdahl

Thor Heyerdahl's children:

Thor Heyerdahl's daughter was Annette Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's daughter is Marian Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's son is Helene Elisabeth Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's son is Thor Heyerdahl Jr. Thor Heyerdahl's son is Bjorn Heyerdahl

Thor Heyerdahl's current partners:

Thor Heyerdahl's wife was Jacqueline Heyerdahl

Thor Heyerdahl's former partners:

Thor Heyerdahl's former wife is Yvonne Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's former wife was Liv Rockefeller