Leif Tronstad, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Leif Tronstad

Norwegian scientist and military officer

Date of Birth: 23-Mar-1903

Place of Birth: Bærum, Akershus, Norway

Date of Death: 11-Mar-1945

Profession: professor, athletics competitor

Nationality: Norway

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Leif Tronstad

  • Leif Hans Larsen Tronstad DSO, OBE (27 March 1903 – 11 March 1945) was a Norwegian scientist, intelligence officer and military organizer.
  • He graduated from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1927 and was a prolific researcher and writer of academic publications.
  • A professor of chemistry at the Norwegian Institute of Technology from 1936, he was also among the pioneers of heavy water research, and was instrumental when a heavy water plant was built at Vemork. During World War II Norway was invaded by Germany and Tronstad conducted domestic resistance for one year before fleeing the country for England.
  • There, he gathered valuable intelligence from Norwegian sources, both on the development of the V-2 rocket and the growing German interest in heavy water.
  • In 1943 Tronstad planned Operation Gunnerside, in which the German access to heavy water processing at Vemork was severely impeded.
  • His information about the V-2 rocket contributed to the massive Allied bombing of Peenemünde. For a long time Tronstad had wanted to return to Norway to organize resistance work, however he was prevented by the Norwegian military authorities in Britain.
  • In 1944, however, he did travel to Norway, to organize Operation Sunshine, for the defence of Norwegian infrastructure.
  • After five months in the country, he was killed in action after his team had taken the local bailiff hostage.

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