Baltazar Mathias Keilhau

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Keilhau portrayed by Christiane Schreiber

Baltazar Mathias Keilhau (2 November 1797 – 1 January 1858) was a Norwegian geologist and mountain pioneer. He was born in Gjøvik. In 1830 he married Christine Kemp. Keilhau is regarded as the founder of geology in Norway. He lectured at the Royal Frederick University in Christiania from 1826, and was appointed professor from 1834.[1][2]

Falketind was first climbed in 1820 by Keilhau, Christian Peder Bianco Boeck and Ole Urdi

Keilhau made the first ascent of Falketind in 1820 along with two other climbers.[3] He has later been labeled the "discoverer" of the mountain range Jotunheimen. The mountain Keilhaus topp is named after him.[1] At Svalbard, the mountain Keilhaufjellet and the glacier Mathiasbreen are named after him.[4][5]

He was decorated Knight of the Order of Vasa, Knight of the Order of the Polar Star, and Knight of the Order of St. Olav.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bryhni, Inge. "Balthazar Keilhau". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Baltazar Mathias Keilhau". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Falketind". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Keilhaufjellet (Svalbard)". Norwegian Polar Institute. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mathiasbreen (Svalbard)". Norwegian Polar Institute. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 

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