WILLIAM SPEIRS BRUCE. POLAR EXPLORER AND SCOTTISH NATIONALIST


William Speirs Bruce, the polar naturalist and fervent Scottish nationalist, 'was a man who had more than a little of the stuff that heroes are made of, a man who did great things with a quiet will and a gentle heart, who rarely got that public recognition which was the due of his achievements'.

Born in London, Bruce elected to live and work in Scotland, immersing himself in the growing cultural renascence that ironically to distance him from influential London based scientific societies. Despite the unqualified success of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902-04) and his remarkable scientific work in polar regions, Bruce was destined to remain in the shadow of the more illustrious explorers of the 'Heroic Age', Scott and Shackleton, and his commitment to science over sensationalism served only to deny him his rightful place in polar history. This book aims to bring the name of William Spiers Bruce to the fore once again and to examine the nature of Scotland's forgotten hero.

Published by the National Museums of Scotland. £9.99

(This review from the books rear cover)



Deb: Geographer, Scientist, Antarctic Explorer. A biography of Frank Debenham


Frank Debenham - 'Deb' to all who knew him - was one of the youngest members of Scott's Terra Nova expedition of 1910-1913. Largely overlooked by history, he was nevertheless at the heart of that great adventure, during which he had his own life-threatening experiences. He was destined to go on to far greater things, for which he was awarded both the OBE and the Polar Medal, and to make his mark indelibly on Cambridge history. This thoroughly researched account is supported by illuminating extracts of correspondence, as well as numerous photographs and maps, some published here for the first time.


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