As I have written about other women on my site, I decided to add space to other famous women as well in this page. So this page became a page about famous women. And it became an opportunity to think about my own origins.
It was one of my goals as a teacher in Sweden, to get more girls taking over typical works of men. I had a girl tech team helping building computers for our school computer club in the 90s. Several of my technique students were girls. They learned HTML and created my school’s home page 1997. Look at this page created by Elena and Linda. Two of my student girls, became pilots and one became a civil engineer specialized in quality industrial development. I am proud about that, a little bit as Gudrin’s father was proud about Gudrin and I am proud about my daughter and son.
About my interest in the Vikings.
My parents were travelers and one of my ancestors (Johan Gustaf Hjalmar ) was doctor and discoverer. That’s probably the reason, I grew up in Italy, instead of in Sweden. l almost became an Italian man who all his life, back working in Sweden, wanted to come back to an island similar to the volcanic Iceland, in Italy.
As a Viking, living in Sicily that once ruled by a Viking. I am of course interested both in the history of Sicily and the Vikings.
The recent discoveries about the norsemen
I have for long known about the Vikings, coming to North America 500 years before Colombo. But only now, thanks to the Internet, I have found information about the recent American research of the Norsemen, who came to north America. I am very thankful for the documentary in Swedish svtplay.se about Gudrin.
Wiki says among others that she was:
She appears in the Saga of Erik the Red and the Saga of the Greenlanders, known collectively as the Vinland sagas. She and her husband Þorfinnur Karlsefni, led an expedition to Vinland where their son Snorri Þorfinnsson was born, believed to be the first European birth in the Americas outside of Greenland.
In Iceland, Gudrid is known by her byname víðförla (lit. wide-fared or far-travelled).
Nancy Marie Browns wrote about Gudrins story in a book available in Amazon
In the Swedish documentary, we listen to Birgitta Wallace.
Birgitta Wallace is an American archeologist who explores the norse Anse_aux_Meadows site
Nancy Marie Brown, who wrote the book “The saga of Gudrid – the far traveller” tells about her book in this youtube:
Other famous women.
- I dedicated a page to Hypatia in
Aud the Deep-Minded (Ketilsdóttir )“also known as Unn, Aud Ketilsdatter or Unnur Ketilsdottir, was a 9th-century settler during the age of Settlement of Iceland….Aud married Olaf the White (Oleif)”… After becoming widow during her second marriage with Thorstein, she “commissioned a construction of a knarr , a Viking era ship commonly built for Atlantic voyages. She had the ship built secretly in the forest (ed. in Scottland),… After its completion, Aud captained the ship to Orkney. There she married off one of her granddaughters, Groa, the daughter of Thorstein the Red, and then Aud captained the ship on its sail to the area of Breiðafjörður in Iceland…” On her ship were twenty men under her command, proving that she was respected, capable, independent and strong-willed. In addition to the crew” read more in Wiki.
Jeanne d’Arc 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans” (French: La Pucelle d’Orléans) or “Maid of Lorraine” (French: La Pucelle de Lorraine), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War.
- I wrote about Anna Göldi in
- The first woman priest was Margit Sahlin. I married my first time with a woman pries in Göteborg.
Not to forget there are women also in the Bible. “women such as Deborah, the Shunnemite woman, and the prophetess Huldah, rise above societal limitations in their stories.”
- Many do no know that the first programmer was Lady Ada Lovelace
- Also not to be forgotten is marie Curie who died for her research.
- Saint Lucy is not to be forgotten. She was one of those women who did not want to become subdued by men and “distributed a great part of her riches among the poor”
- Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, mysteriously disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. (read more in www.biography.com
- I mention the famous pilote Svetlana Kapanina in www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2018/07/26/women/
- Emmy Noether made many important contributions to abstract algebra. She discovered Noether’s theorem, which is fundamental in mathematical physics.
- Jane Goddall , born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934, formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees
- Henretta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921)
“astronomer known for her discovery of the relationship between period and luminosity in Cepheid variables, pulsating stars that vary regularly in brightness in periods ranging from a few days to several months…. One result of her work on stellar magnitudes was her discovery of 4 novas and some 2,400 variable stars, the latter figure comprising more than half of all those known even by 1930″ Read more in https://www.britannica.com/biography/Henrietta-Swan-Leavitt
With Leavitt’s method, it became possible for Hubble to measure the distance to Andromeda (2.5 million lightyears ). Know more in the doc “Everything” season 1 BBC (in Kodi).
- There are many women authors. One is the Italian Dacia Maraini.
You find many more if you search for “famous woman scientists” in google
With this pag and research, it has become a dream of mine to met with the Mikmaq Indian people.
Because of my interest and engagement in the North American Indians tragic destiny, my mother once said:
“You have for sure been an Indian man, in your previous life.”
Mikmaq Indian people maybe interbreeded with the norsemens? This is contradicted by what is know, as Gudrid and their group left Winland soon after a fight started with the natives.
- About Gudrid
- Swedish doc about vikings. www.svtplay.se
- Nancy Marie Browns book about Gudrud in Amazon
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