Google U.K. today celebrated the birth aniversary of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, who was born on 15 February 1874 and died on 5 January 1922. He was famous for his exploration of the Antartic and at one time had gone the furthest into the South Pole region.
His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery Expedition, 1901-- 04, from which he was sent home early on health grounds. Determined to make amends for this perceived personal failure, he returned to Antarctica in 1907 as leader of the Nimrod Expedition.
In Jan 1909 he and three companions made a southern march which established a record Farthest South latitude at 88°23'S, 97 geographical miles (114 statute miles, 190 km) from the South Pole, by far the closest convergence in exploration history up to that time. For this achievement, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home.
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