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William Speirs Bruce (1867–1921) by unknown photographer reproduced by permission of the Scott Polar Research Institute

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Bruce, William Speirs (1867–1921), polar scientist and explorer, was born at 43 Kensington Gardens Square, Paddington, London, on 1 August 1867. He was the fourth child of a family of eight children and had one younger brother and six sisters. His father, Samuel Noble Bruce MRCS...

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Sir Vivian Ernest Fuchs (1908–1999) by unknown photographer, 1958 Getty Images

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Fuchs, Sir Vivian Ernest (1908–1999), explorer and scientist, was born on 11 February 1908 at Recluse Lodge, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, the only child of Ernst Fuchs (1882–1957) and Violet Anne Watson (1874–1942). His father was German and his English mother was born in ...

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Heap, John Arnfield (1932–2006), polar researcher and civil servant, was born at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, on 5 February 1932, the only child of David Heap, electrical engineer, and his wife, Ann Arnfield, née James. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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King, Samuel William (1821–1868), traveller and scientist, was born on 20 September 1821 at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the eldest son of William Hutchinson King of Manchester, vicar of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and Eliza Sanders of Morton House, Lincolnshire. He was admitted to St Catharine's College, Cambridge...

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Mawson, Sir Douglas (1882–1958), scientist and explorer in Antarctica, was born at Shipley, near Bradford in Yorkshire, on 5 May 1882, the son of Robert Ellis Mawson, who came from sturdy yeoman stock, and his wife, Margaret Ann Moore, of the Isle of Man...

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Scoresby, William, junior (1789–1857), Arctic scientist and Church of England clergyman, was born in Cropton, near Pickering, Yorkshire, on 5 October 1789. He was one of eleven children born to William Scoresby (1760–1829), Arctic whaler and navigator, and his wife, Lady Mary Smith (1765–1819)...

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William Scoresby junior (1789–1857) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, c. 1844 Scottish National Portrait Gallery