Bjørn Lorens Basberg

Professor Bjørn Lorens Basberg

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Economic History


Bjørn L. Basberg is Professor in Economic History. His main research interests are within the history of technology (patents) and economic history relating 20th century maritime industries (whaling and shipping).

His doctoral thesis (1984) from NHH was about patents and technological development in Norway, 1840-1980.  He has been a visiting scholar at M.I.T., the National Bureau of Economic Research, Brown University and University of Cambridge (Scott Polar Research Institute). He is an advisory curator at the Kendall Institute, New Bedford Whaling Museum and a trustee of the South Georgia Heritage Trust.

Basberg has written and edited several books among others on the Norwegian merchant shipping during World War II, and The Shore Whaling Stations at South Georgia. A Study in Antarctic Industrial Archaeology.
He has published papers internationally on the history of patents, whaling history, maritime history and industrial history in the journals like Scandinavian Economic History Review, Research Policy, International Journal of Maritime History and Polar Record.

Basberg has received the L. Byrne Waterman Award and the Peter Neaverson Award for his research on industrial archaeology at South Georgia.

Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Basberg, Bjørn Lorens Commercial and economic aspects of Antarctic exploration – from the earliest discoveries into the “Heroic Age” The Polar Journal Volume 7 (1), page 205 - 226, 2017
Basberg, Bjørn Lorens Ambisjonene som aldri ble gitt opp. Den lange vei mot en handelshøyskole i Trondheim. Bred og spiss! NTNU Handelshøyskolen 50 år: En vitenskapelig jubileumsantologi, page 21 - 73, 2017
Basberg, Bjørn Lorens Keynes, Trouton and the Hector Whaling Company. A personal and professional relationship Business History Volume 59 (4), page 471 - 496, 2016
Basberg, Bjørn Lorens Innovasjonsteori, patenter og teknologisk utvikling i norsk hvalfangst ca. 1860-1968. Novus Forlag, 2015
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Economic and Political History, International Economic History