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List of Norwegian Americans

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of notable Norwegian Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

The list is ordered by category of human endeavour. Persons with significant contributions in two fields are listed in both of the pertinent categories, to facilitate easy lookup.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Norwegian American or must have references showing they are Norwegian American and are notable.



Historians and sociologists

  • Kenneth O. Bjork – (1909–1991) American professor, historian and author
  • Carl Blegen – (1887–1971) American archaeologist famous for his work on the site of Pylos in modern-day Greece and Troy in modern-day Turkey.
  • Theodore C. Blegen – (1891–1969) American historian and author
  • Elise M. Boulding – (1920–2010) Quaker sociologist Norwegian, and author credited as a major contributor to creating the academic discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Odd S. Lovoll – American author, historian and educator
  • Peter A. Munch – (1908–1984) Norwegian-American sociologist, educator and author
  • Carlton C. Qualey – (1904–1988) American professor, author and historian
  • Rick Steves – American author, historian
  • Martin Ulvestad – (1865–1942) American historian and author whose writings focused on Norwegian-American immigration
  • Thorstein Veblen – (1857–1929) American economist and sociologist



Actors and actresses

Peter Graves
Peter Graves
Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith
Lance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen
Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Presley

Screenwriters, directors and producers of film

Singers and musicians

Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee



Boomer Esiason
Boomer Esiason




Charles Schulz
Charles Schulz

Explorers and founders


Eric Sevareid
Eric Sevareid


Earl Warren
Earl Warren



  • Peter C. Assersen – (1839–1906) Norwegian-born, American civil engineer and Rear Admiral in the United States Navy
  • Quentin Aanenson – (1921–2008) Captain of the 391st Fighter Squadron featured in Ken Burn's 2007 documentary The War
  • Bernt Balchen – (1899–1973), winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Norwegian native and later U.S. citizen, known as a pioneer polar aviator, navigator, aircraft mechanical engineer and military leader
  • Bowe Bergdahl – United States Army soldier of Norwegian and Swedish descent. Captured by the Taliban.
  • Margarethe Cammermeyer – former colonel in the Washington National Guard and a gay rights activist
  • Fred J. Christensen – (1921–2006) fighter pilot and ace with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II
  • Gail Halvorsen – retired career officer and command pilot in the United States Air Force (The Candy Bomber)
  • Louis J. Hauge, Jr. – (1924–1945) United States Marine
  • Orin D. Haugen – (1907–1945) Colonel in the United States Army[13]
  • Knut Haukelid – (1911–1994) Norwegian resistance movement soldier during World War II
  • Olaf M. Hustvedt – (1886–1978) United States Navy vice admiral, World War II battleship commander and twice recipient of the Legion of Merit
  • Ole C. Johnson – (1838–1886) Norwegian-American soldier in the American Civil War
  • Lauris Norstad – (1907–1988) American General in the United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force
  • Ralph Ofstie – (1897–1956) United States Navy vice admiral, World War II aircraft carrier commander and post war commander of the United States Sixth Fleet
  • Ludwig Andreas Olsen – (1845–1886) also known as Louis Williams, United States Navy sailor
  • George William Rud – (1883–1916) United States Navy Chief Machinist's Mate
  • Thorvald A. Solberg – (1894–1964) United States Navy rear admiral, twice recipient of the Legion of Merit, and head of the Office of Naval Research.
  • Andrew V. Stoltenberg – (1865–1921) United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Philippine–American War.
  • Leif J. Sverdrup – (1898–1976) Norwegian-born American civil engineer and general with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the first half of the 20th century.
  • Jacob Thorkelson – (1876–1945) American elected official, Naval officer and medical doctor
  • Karl Westa – (1875–1949) United States Navy sailor


Hubert H. Humphrey
Hubert H. Humphrey
Henry M. Jackson
Henry M. Jackson
Warren G. Magnuson
Warren G. Magnuson
Walter Mondale
Walter Mondale




Ernest O. Lawrence
Ernest O. Lawrence
Sally Ride
Sally Ride
  • Philip Abelson – (1913–2004) American physicist, scientific editor, and science writer
  • Christian B. Anfinsen – (1916–1995) American biochemist
  • Peter Agre – American medical doctor, professor, and molecular biologist
  • Neal Amundson – (1916–2011) American chemical engineer
  • Erik Asphaug – American planetary scientist, winner of Urey Prize
  • Gunvald Aus – (1851–1950) Norwegian-American engineer
  • Earl Bakken – engineer, businessman and philanthropist of Dutch and Norwegian American ancestry
  • Carl Georg Barth – (1860–1939) Norwegian-American mathematician and mechanical engineer
  • Magnus Bjorndal – (September 13, 1899 – January 23, 1971) Norwegian American engineer and inventor
  • Eduard Boeckmann – (1849–1927) Norwegian American ophthalmologist, physician and inventor
  • William A. Bugge – (1900–1992) civil engineer
  • Robert A. Dahl – Sterling Professor emeritus of political science at Yale University
  • Olin J. Eggen – (1919–1998) American astronomer
  • Douglas Engelbart – American inventor and early computer pioneer and internet pioneer
  • Ole Evinrude – (1877–1934) Norwegian-American inventor, known for the invention of the first outboard motor with practical commercial application.
  • Joe Foss – (1915–2003) leading fighter ace of the United States Marine Corps during World War II
  • Mike Fossum – American astronaut
  • Frederick C. Finkle – (1865–1949) American consulting engineer and geologist
  • Ivar Giaever – physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973
  • Clarence Gonstead – (1898–1978) Doctor of Chiropractic and creator of the Gonstead Technique
  • Lars Grimsrud – aerospace engineer and performance automobile
  • Adolph Gundersen – (1865–1938) Norwegian-born American medical doctor and founder of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
  • Robert C. Gunderson – (1931–2003) first supervisor of the Genealogical Society of Utah's Royalty Identification Unit
  • Lawrence R. Hafstad – 1904–1993) American physicist and son of two Norwegian immigrants. Created first nuclear fission reaction in the United States.
  • Alf Hjort – (1877–1944) Norwegian-born American electrical engineer
  • Iver Johnson – U.S. firearms, bicycle, and motorcycle manufacturer
  • Robert B. Ingebretsen – (1948–2003) pioneer in the development of digital sound
  • Gary Kildall – (1942–1994) American computer scientist and microcomputer entrepreneur who created the CP/M operating system and founded Digital Research, Inc.
  • Carl Otto Lampland – (1873–1951) American astronomer
  • Norman Bernard Larsen (1923–1970) American industrial chemist who is sometimes credited with the invention of WD-40.
  • Ernest Lawrence – (1901–1958) American physicist and Nobel Laureate
  • John H. Lawrence – (1904–1991) American physicist and physician best known for pioneering the field of nuclear medicine
  • Mark C. Lee – (1952–) American astronaut
  • C. Walton Lillehei – (1918–1999) American surgeon who pioneered open-heart surgery
  • Alfred M. Moen – (1916–2001) American inventor and founder of Moen, Inc.
  • Olaus Murie – (1889–1963) called the "father of modern elk management", was a naturalist, author, and wildlife biologist
  • Nathan Myhrvold – formerly Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, is co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, and referred to by many as a patent troll.
  • Ted Nelson – American sociologist, philosopher, and pioneer of information technology
  • Peter Norman Nissen – (1871–1930) Canadian-American resident in United States. A mining engineer, developed the prefabricated shelter called the Nissen hut in 1916
  • Ken Olsen – (1926–2011) American engineer who co-founded Digital Equipment Corporation
  • Tinius Olsen – (1845–1932) Norwegian-born American engineer and inventor
  • Charles J. Pedersen – (1904–1989) American organic chemist best known for describing methods of synthesizing crown ethers
  • Lars Onsager – (1903–1976) Norwegian-born American physical chemist and theoretical physicist
  • Sally Ride – (1951–2012) American physicist and former NASA astronaut
  • Ole Singstad – (1882–1969) Norwegian-American civil engineer who innovated the ventilation system for the Holland Tunnel
  • Marius Nygaard Smith-Petersen – (1886–1953) Norwegian-born American physician and orthopaedic surgeon
  • George Schlukbier – North American innovator who in the 1990s built Nando
  • Elias Anton Cappelen Smith – (1873–1949) Norwegian American civil engineer and metallurgist
  • Theodore Theodorsen – (1897–1978) Norwegian-American theoretical aerodynamicist noted for his work at NACA (the forerunner of NASA) and for his contributions to the study of turbulence
  • Merle A. Tuve – (1901–1982) American scientist and geophysicist, the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Oswald Veblen – (1880–1960) American mathematician, geometer and topologist



Visual artists

  • Mikkel Aaland – American photographer known for work in the early days of digital photography
  • Hendrik Christian Andersen – (1872–1940) American sculptor, painter and urban planner
  • Gene Amondson – (1943–2009) landscape painter, woodcarver, Christian minister and prohibition activist
  • Sigvald Asbjornsen – (1867–1954) Norwegian-born sculptor
  • Earl W. Bascom – (1906–1995) cowboy artist and sculptor, "cowboy of cowboy artists"
  • Jon-Erik Beckjord – (1939–2008) paranormal investigator and photographer known for his far-reaching ideas regarding such phenomena as UFOs, crop circles, the Loch Ness Monster, and his specialty, Bigfoot
  • Emil Biorn – (1864–1935) Norwegian-born, American sculptor, painter and composer
  • Benjamin Blessum – (1877–1954) American painter, graphic artist and illustrator
  • Bjorn Egeli – (1900–1984) Norwegian-born portrait artist
  • Jacob Fjelde – (1855–1896) Norwegian-born American sculptor
  • Pauline Fjelde – (1861–1923) Norwegian-born American painter, embroiderer, and textile artist
  • Paul Fjelde – (1892–1984) noted American sculptor and educator
  • Alexander Grinager – (1865–1949) American artist most noted for his murals and scenic painting
  • Herbjørn Gausta – (1854–1924) American artist best known for his landscapes, portraits and scenes from rural settings
  • Al Hansen – (1927–1995) American artist considered one of the most important Fluxus figures
  • Lars Jonson Haukaness – (1863–1929) Norwegian-born American-Canadian impressionist painter and art instructor
  • Per Lysne – (1880–1947) artist most associated with bringing the traditional Norwegian folk art of Rosemaling to the United States
  • Carl Manzo – (born 1964) artist of Norwegian, German and Italian ancestry
  • Eric Norstad – noted ceramicist and architect
  • Karl Ouren – (1882–1943) Norwegian-born artist best known for his paintings of Norwegian landscapes and scenes
  • Shag – American artist
  • Yngvar Sonnichsen – (1873–1938) Norwegian-born American artist and painter
  • Svend Rasmussen Svendsen – (1864–1945) Norwegian-born American impressionist artist.
  • Trygve Rovelstad – (1903–1990) renowned sculptor and designer of medals
  • Dan Weggeland – (1827–1918) considered the "Father of Utah Art", artist and teacher in the early history of Utah

Writers and editors

Norman Borlaug
Norman Borlaug


Eliot Ness
Eliot Ness

See also


  1. ^ Henry W. Orth (AIA Historical Directory of American Architects) Archived March 31, 2012[Date mismatch], at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ maternal grandparents were immigrants from Norway
  3. ^ "Rowan Blanchard – Biography – IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "". Archived from the original on August 8, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
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  6. ^ Grandmother Randi Toseth was born in Rennebu in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway
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  11. ^ Earl Sande (Genealogy)
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  13. ^ Col. Orin D. "Hard Rock" Haugen
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