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Christian Michelsen Research AS

Christian Michelsen Research AS (CMR) was originally part of the science division of the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), which was founded on 15 March 1930. Norway’s first Prime Minister, Christian Michelsen, donated his legacy to free research, which is why Bergen is home to Norway’s oldest polytechnical institute. CMR contributes research and competence in the intersection between basic research and industry.

Christian Michelsen Research AS is organised as a group of companies (CMR) since 1992. The company has a socially beneficial objective and carries out research and development assignments for both private and public sector organisations. Through its ability to develop ideas and research results into commercial products and industrial solutions, the company creates value for society and clients both in Norway and abroad.


Since its inception in 1930, scientists from the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) journeyed out of Norway to the far corners of the Earth. There is even an area in the Antarctica named after one of its scientists; Kvinge Peninsula was, in fact, named after Thor Kvinge. He studied ocean currents and the formation of the bottom water in the Weddel Sea together with colleagues from CMI and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen. They faced such questions as which instruments they could use, where should they place them, how to use them and, last but not least, how would they get there?
The answer to the last one came from the United States and the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Coast Guard. They put their icebreaker USCGC Glacier at the scientists’ disposal. In 1968 a crew of 250 men accompanied Thor and Jan Strømme on their voyage with their newly constructed instrument rigs. In 1973 they finally brought up some of the rigs and the project was completed.
They succeeded and were so successful that Thor had a peninsula on the western side of Antarctica – one of the most inaccessible places on Earth – named after him. Since they embarked upon their voyage of scientifi c discovery in 1930, they have made their mark in many other ways – not in the form of their tracts of land, but rather in terms of technology and knowledge that are applied all around the world and even out in space. The CMR Group has customers in around 60 countries.
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