UKAHT Vice Patron, Dr Charles Swithinbank died on the 27 May 2014

We are sad to report that Trust Vice Patron, Dr Charles Swithinbank Swithinbank-portraitdied on the 27 May 2014.  He was involved in polar research for 65 years, first joining the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition in 1949.  He was then employed by the expedition until 1955 and then at the SPRI until 1959. He was based at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor until 1963 and then again at the Scott Polar Research Institute until 1974.  From 1974 to 1986 he was with the British Antarctic Survey, first as Chief Glaciologist and then as Head of the Earth Sciences Division. Charles spent three winters and more than 20 field seasons in the polar regions. It was Charles that recognised the potential for Antarctica’s blue-ice fields to serve as wheeled-aircraft runways.