Thor Heyerdahl


Born: 10/6/1914 in Larvik, Norway
Died: 4/18/2002
Age: 87
Cause of death: brain tumor

Noted For: anthropologist and explorer; directed a 6-person expedition by manmade wooden raft from Peru to Polynesia (4,300 nautical miles) to support his theory that those islands could have been populated by ancient South American indians (1947).