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Robert Falcon Scott

Explorer

Born: 6 June 1868
Died: 29 March 1912 (exposure)
Birthplace: Devonport, Devon, England
Best known as:

The second man to reach the South Pole

Robert Falcon Scott is remembered for his bravery in losing the race to the South Pole. His first Antarctic expedition on the Discovery (1901-04, an attempt that included Ernest Shackleton) took him within 450 miles of the South Pole before he had to turn back. Robert Scott later led the Terra Nova expedition, which reached the South Pole in January, 1912 -- only to discover that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had been there a month earlier, claiming the title of the first man ever to reach the pole. On the return trip, Scott and his party of four other men all died of hunger and extreme cold. Their bodies were found 11 miles from a food and fuel depot.

Extra credit:

Robert Falcon Scott's only son, Peter Markham Scott, was a co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund and participated in the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster.

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