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Frank Debenham (1883–1965) by Herbert George Ponting, 1911 © Popperfoto


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Debenham, Frank (1883–1965), geographer and polar scientist, was born at Bowral, New South Wales, on 26 December 1883, the second son of the Revd John Willmott Debenham, vicar of Bowral and schoolmaster, and his wife, Edith Cleveland. He attended the school run by his father and, after his death in 1898, by his mother, and from there went to the ...


Koerner, Roy Martindale [Fritz] (1932–2008), glaciologist and polar explorer, was born at 40 Kimbolton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 3 July 1932, the youngest of three sons of Bernard William Koerner (1898–1974), an electrical wireman at Portsmouth Dockyard, and his wife, Minnie, née Martindale (1897–1984)...


Smith, Geoffrey Francis Hattersley- (1923–2012), polar scientist and historian, was born on 22 April 1923 at 12 Lansdowne Crescent, Kensington, London, the son of Major Wilfrid Percy Ashley Hattersley-Smith (1881–1968), Royal Artillery officer, and his wife, Ethel Mary, née Willcocks (1892–1937). He had a younger brother, ...