Sigurd Segelcke Meidell

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Sigurd Segelcke Meidell in 1898

Sigurd Segelcke Meidell (20 February 1878 – 26 July 1968) was a Norwegian journalist, genealogist and novelist.

He was born in Bergen as a son of sea captain Hartvig Segelcke Meidell (1834–1902) and Malin Gohde (1847–1895). His father's family hailed from Kvinnherad, and his mother's family was Swedish. He was the brother of Fascist politician Birger Meidell. In August 1908 he married Nunne Thorbjørnsen (1885–1949).[1]

Meidell grew up in Hamar. He finished his secondary education in 1898, enrolled in law studies and graduated with the cand.jur. degree in 1905. From 1906 to 1908 he was a foreign affairs journalist and theatre critic in the newspaper Morgenbladet. He also worked as the Kristiania city correspondent of Bergens Aftenblad and Trondhjems Adresseavis. In 1908 he co-founded and edited the sports magazine Sport.[1]

In 1926 he was among the founders of the Norwegian Genealogical Society, together with Stian Herlofsen Finne-Grønn and Christopher Morgenstierne Munthe, among others. This was Norway's first national genealogical society.[2] He was the chairman of the organization from 1940 to 1943, taking over from Halvdan Koht[3] who went into exile following the German invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940.[4] On the very same day, his brother was named as Minister of Church and Education in the Vidkun Quisling government that attempted a coup d'etat.[5]

Meidell left the chair in 1943. He was also a member of the board of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and Landslaget for By- og Bygdehistorie. From 1941 he tried his luck as a novelist, under the pseudonym Arne Vaagen. He published eight novels in all, and the first three were subject to some popularity. In 1956 he published his memoirs, Møte med livet.[1] He was also an editorial committee member of Norsk biografisk leksikon.[6]

Meidell was decorated as a Knight, First Class of the Order of St. Olav in 1956. He was also a Knight of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog and Commander of the Finnish Order of the White Rose. He died in July 1968 in Oslo.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Rottem, Øystein (2003). "Sigurd Segelcke Meidell". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian) 6. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Genealogical Society. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Formenn i Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Genealogical Society. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Svendsen, Åsmund (2002). "Halvdan Koht". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian) 5. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Norwegian Government Ministries 1940-1945. Under German occupation in Oslo". Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Jansen, Einar; Jansen, Jonas; Anker, Øyvind; Bøe, Gunvald, ed. (1962). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian) 14 (1st ed.). Oslo: Aschehoug. p. title page. 
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Halvdan Koht
Chairman of the Norwegian Genealogical Society
Succeeded by
Theodor Bull