June 2018: 150 Years since the Birth of Robert Falcon Scott
June 2018: 150 Years since the Birth of Robert Falcon Scott.
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (6 June 1868 – 29 March 1912),
British Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: The Discovery Expedition (1901–1904) and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition (1910–1913).
On the first expedition, he set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S and discovered the Polar (Antarctic) Plateau, on which the South Pole is located.
On the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, four weeks after Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition. A planned meeting with supporting dog teams from the base camp failed, despite Scott's written instructions and at a distance of 150 miles from their base camp and 11 miles from the next depot, Scott and his companions perished.