Astrid Loken – fearless scientist who spied on the Nazi army

By Unknown, April 2017, Self-Rescuing Princess Society

Astrid Loken was a Norwegian entomologist and the fourth highest ranked official in the Norwegian resistance force XU. She was recruited as a spy, as XU realized natural scientists’ field work could be instrumental in covering their spy work on the Nazi forces in Norway. Astrid thus applied to the Nazi authority for permission to conduct a project on bumble bees near restricted military areas. On the field, she would take pictures of the important structures and would then develop them at night, back at the University where she was studying. Her stressful and risky spy work drove her to exhaustion after war. She eventually recovered, and worked as a curator for the Bergen Museum while earning her PhD.