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.
|Basberg, Bjørn Lorens; Burton, Robert; Headland, Robert K.||Fur Seal Imports to Britain, 1800 - 1840: New Estimates in Context||Historical Antarctic Sealing Industry : Proceedings of an international conference in Cambridge 16-21 September 2016; page 79 - 87; 2018|
|Basberg, Bjørn Lorens||Redere, forretningsmenn - og Keynes. Historien om et norsk selskap i Londons finansmarked.||Praktisk økonomi & finans Volume 34 (1); page 47 - 63; 2018|
|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||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|
Economic and Political History, International Economic History