The Life of Sir Raymond Priestley, Antarctic Explorer, Scientist, Soldier, Academician
About the Book
This first ever biography of Antarctic explorer Sir Raymond Priestley (1886–1974) covers his full (at times life-threatening) involvement with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907–1909 Nimrod Expedition and Robert Scott’s 1910–1913 Terra Nova Expedition. Priestley’s service with the British 46th Division during World War I won him the Military Cross for gallantry.
After the war, he played a leading role in establishing the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. He was later appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne and then of the University of Birmingham and also helped establish the University of the West Indies. He received a knighthood for his services to education.
During retirement—a misnomer in his case—he went with the Duke of Edinburgh on the Royal Yacht Britannia as an Antarctic expert and joined the American Deep Freeze IV Expedition during his tenure directing the British Antarctic Survey. Despite the demands of his career, Priestley remained an involved family man throughout.
About the Author(s)
A retired bank director, Mike Bullock lives in Warwickshire, England.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. The Priestley Family in Tewkesbury—Early Days 7
2. University College, Bristol 11
3. Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition 15
4. Between Expeditions 38
5. Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition—The Northern Party 46
6. The First World War—The British Army Signal Service 58
7. Cambridge University—Scott Polar Research Institute 75
8. Vice-Chancellor—Melbourne University 82
9. Vice-Chancellor—Birmingham University 92
10. The Commission for Higher Education in the Colonies 115
11. Acting Director—Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey 123
12. West Antarctica on the RY Britannia 127
13. American Deep Freeze IV Expedition 145
14. President, Royal Geographical Society 161
15. Along the Way 166
16. Later Life 170
Appendix I. 46th (North Midland) Division During the Hundred Days 177
Appendix II. The 1907–1909 British Antarctic Expedition 180
Appendix III. The McMurdo Sound Region 181
Appendix IV. The 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition 183
Chapter Notes 185