William Speirs Bruce, 1867-1921 a polar scientist ahead of his time
We partnered with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society to bring you this new short film, remembering the life and work of a pioneer of Antarctic science, William Speirs Bruce (1867-1921).
A polar scientist ahead of his time, he led the first Scottish scientific expedition to Antarctica, exploring 4000 miles of uncharted ocean, discovering 200 species new to science and recording the first footage of Antarctic wildlife. Bruce initiated Antarctica’s longest meteorological record at the first scientific station, Omond House, known today as Orcadas Station, where temperature have been recorded for the past 118 years. A man driven by science, whose work became the origin of the study of our climate. Helping us understand our past, our present and our future.
"Each scientific investigation leads to the discovery of new scientific facts and problems not only unknown, but often entirely unconceived." William Speirs Bruce
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Voyage of the Scotia 1902-1904
A selection of images from the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-1904, highlighting the contribution to polar exploration and research made by Scotland and by William S Bruce, initiator and leader of the expedition.Images © Royal Scottish Geographical Society View more images