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Captain Robert Scott: A Centenary Celebration of the First Expedition to Walk to the South Pole

Professor Edward Larson
Friday, 16 Mar 2012
Ladies Recreation Club, 10 Old Peak Road, Mid Levels
a third lecture by the acclaimed author

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Drinks and book signing 6.30 pm lecture starts 7.30 pm

HK$200 members and HK$250 non members to include drinks

For his third lecture Professor Edward Larson, lectures on "Captain Robert Scott: a Centenary Celebration of the First Expedition to Trek to the South Pole ".

In 1912, Captain Robert Scott and four companions reached the South Pole by manhauling a sledge across the 3,000 metre high Polar Plateau. A Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen, had reached there by dogsled five weeks earlier. Captain Scott's men took pride in, as one wrote in his diary at the time, getting there by proper trekking. History has agreed, with dogsledding in the Antarctic now illegal and no present explorers considering any route to the Poles but trekking. Captain Scott's was a remarkable achievement that built on a halfcentury tradition of naval officers and seamen manhauling heavy sledges in the Arctic and Antarctic.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Scott and his men reaching the South Pole, Professor Larson relates the tradition of British polar trekking from Captain Sir John Franklin's research in the Canadian Arctic to its culmination in Captain Scott's celebrated march to the South Pole. It is a story fixed in its time, a story of a particular sort of courage and character that marked the Victorian era. It also reflected the then ideals of the Royal Geographical Society and its longtime president, Sir Clements Markham, who picked Captain Scott for the task and set his sights on the South Pole, while requiring large amounts of scientific research to be achieved on the way.

Professor Edward Larson is Professor of History and holds the Chair of the School of Law at Pepperdine University. He is also a visiting Professor at Stanford University. He formerly held the Chair of Law and was Professor of American History at the University of Georgia. He continues to serve as a Senior Fellow of the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education. He is the author of 10 books on science and exploration, including Summer for the Gods, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, and An Empire of Ice, published in 2011.

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