Aleksandr Kuznetsov (explorer)

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Aleksandr Kuznetsov was the expedition leader of the first undisputed team to set foot on the North Pole.[1] Other claimants, notably Frederick Cook (1908) and Robert Peary (1909) have been criticized for a lack of supporting logs, having no one to confirm sextant readings or other reasons.

Kuznetsov led the Sever-2 team of Soviet scientists who flew and landed three Lisunov Li-2s at the North Pole on April 23, 1948.[2] Soundings made by the team were the first to indicate an underwater mountain ridge beneath the ice and water at the North Pole.[3]


  1. ^ Fleming, Fergus (2001). Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole. New York: Grove Press. p. 417. ISBN 978-0802117250.
  2. ^ Pala, Christopher (2002). The Oddest Place on Earth: Rediscovering the North Pole. Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse. pp. 227–235, 274. ISBN 978-0595214549.
  3. ^ Mills, William James (2003). Exploring Polar Frontiers: A Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 1, A-L. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 7.