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Thor Heyerdahl

Data de nascimento: 6. Outubro 1914
Data de falecimento: 18. Abril 2002

Thor Heyerdahl foi um explorador, zoólogo e geógrafo norueguês.

Heyerdahl participou da expedição Kon-tiki em 1947, entre outras. Com esta expedição buscava provar que as ilhas do Pacífico poderiam ter sido povoadas a partir da América do Sul. Para tanto, construiu no Peru uma jangada feita de pau-de-balsa , na qual cruzou o Oceano Pacífico desde o Peru até a Polinésia.

Após a expedição escreveu um livro chamado Os Índios Americanos no Pacífico , onde se pode encontrar material bem abrangente da expedição Kon-Tiki. A epopeia está narrada no livro A Expedição Kon-Tiki, publicado em mais de 60 países e que vendeu mais de 25 milhões de exemplares.

Thor Heyerdahl tem parte de sua família no Brasil, a qual veio para cá há quatro gerações, antes de 1920. O pai de Thor, Bertrand, teve mais três filhos além dele. Um dos filhos também se chamava Bertrand. Bertrand veio para o Brasil, onde teve uma filha, Shirley que seguiu com a família no Brasil.

Thor Heyerdahl fez também um vasto trabalho sobre os moais, as esculturas na Ilha de Páscoa, que publicou em um livro.


„Progresso é a habilidade de homem de complicar a simplicidade.“

„Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.“


„Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.“

„Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come? I guarantee nothing but a free trip to Peru and the South Sea islands and back, but you will find good use for your technical abilities on the voyage. Reply at once.'

Next day the following telegram arrived from Torstein:

COMING. TORSTEIN.“

„Once in a while you find yourself in an odd situation. You get into it by degrees and in the most natural way but, when you are right in the midst of it, you are suddenly astonished and ask yourself how in the world it all came about.“

„Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.“

„SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE IN FATE, OTHERS DON’T. I DO, and I don’t. It may seem at times as if invisible fingers move us about like puppets on strings. But for sure, we are not born to be dragged along. We can grab the strings ourselves and adjust our course at every crossroad, or take off at any little trail into the unknown.“ Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

„It is progress when a centuries-old oak is cut down to give space for a road sign.“


„It is progress when weapons are improved to kill more people at a longer range.“

„Otherwise he was glad we had missed our landing, for he still had three books to read.“ Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific In A Raft

„It was a great moment on board when two large boobies were spotted above the horizon to westward“ Kon-Tiki

„Progress can today be defined as man`s ability to complicate simplicity.“


„The dolphin (dorado), which is a brilliantly colored tropical fish, must not be confused with the creature, also called dolphin, which is a small, toothed whale.“ Kon-Tiki

„Some people believe in Fate, others don't. I do, and I don't.
It may seem at times as if invisible fingers move us above like puppets on strings. But for sure, we are not
born to be dragged along. We can grab the strings ourselves
and adjust our course at every crossroad, or take off at any
little trail into the unknown.“

„But you can’t navigate a raft,” he added. “It goes sideways and backward and round as the wind takes it.“ Kon-Tiki

„Pearls rarely turn up in oysters served to you on a plate; you have to dive for them.“ Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

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