Sigurd Risting

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Sigurd Risting
Sigurd Risting in a gap of a fin whale 1912.jpg
Sunnfjord, Norway
Died14 October 1935
OccupationWhaling Historian
Sigurd Risting

Sigurd Risting (13 May 1870 – 14 October 1935) was born in the district of Sunnfjord in Norway. He was studying at Nordfjords amtskole and Sogndals Folkehøgskule and examined at Stord lærarskule 1889. He was the second teacher in 1893 and principal in 1896 at Skiringssals ungdomsskule.[1]


Later Risting started the interest of whaling and was writing the history of and statistics about modern whaling. In 1922 he wrote the first Norwegian history about whaling; Av Hvalfangstens Historie (the History of Whaling), collecting 20 years of experiences and statistics of whaling. Since 1903 he had compiled annual reviews, and in June 1913 he joined the staff of the newly started periodical "Norsk Hvalfangst-Tidende" (The Norwegian Whaling Gazette) for which he later (1922–1935) became the editor.[2] In 1930 Risting created the International Whaling Statistics and in the first numbers of the periodical he collected from the whole world whaling statistics back to 1868.[3]

From 1918 and to the end of his life Risting was secretary of the Norsk Hvalfangerforening (the Whaling Association of Norway).

Risting Glacier in South Georgia was named after Risting.


  • 1905: Henrik Wergeland, 27 pages
  • 1916; Hvalfangerflaaten 1916, 63 pages
  • 1922: Av Hvalfangstens Historie, 658 pages[4]
  • 1928: Whales and whale foetuses: statistics of catch and measurements collected from the Norwegian whalers' association 1922-25, 122 pages
  • 1929: Kaptein C. A. Larsen, 142 pages
  • and many, many articles in different periodicals


  1. ^ Ungdomsskulen i Norge 50 år 1864-1914, p. 35
  2. ^ The History of Modern Whaling, 1982, p 246-47
  3. ^ The History of Modern Whaling, 1982, p 365
  4. ^ Risting, Sigurd (1922). Av Hvalfangstens Historie. J.W. Cappelen. Retrieved 2012-08-17.

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