Gerrit de Veer

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Gerrit de Veer (ca. 1570 - after 1598) was a Dutch officer on Willem Barentsz' second and third voyages (1595 and 1596) in search of the Northeast passage. De Veer kept a diary of the voyages and in 1597 was the first person to observe and record the Novaya Zemlya effect, and the first westerner to observe hypervitaminosis A caused by consuming polar bear liver.[1]

De Veer is the lead character in the film Nova Zembla (2011), a fictionalized retelling of the voyage as described in his diary .

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New England Journal of Medicine : Hypervitaminosis A and Fractures