Ernest Henry Shackleton
Born Kilkea, Ireland, 1874. Educated Dulwich College. Went to sea at 16. Commissioned sub-lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve, 1901. Member of ‘Farthest South’ Party of Scott’s Discovery expedition. Leader of the British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition 1907–09. Pioneered route up Beardmore Glacier and almost reached Geographic South Pole. Knighted on return. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914–17. Died while leading Shackleton-Rowett (Quest) Expedition at South Georgia, 5 January 1922. Several Antarctic place names are named after him, including Shackleton Ice Shelf 94°55’E to 99°25’E.