Robert Falcon Scott

Robert Falcon Scott

Antarctic Explorer
Born Jun 6, 1868

Robert Falcon Scott CVO was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–13. During this second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to find that they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition.… Read More

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1868 Birth Scott was born on 6 June 1868, the third child out of six and elder son of John Edward and Hannah (née Cuming) Scott of Stoke Damerel, near Devonport. … Read More


1881 13 Years Old Having passed these exams Scott, began his naval career in 1881, as a cadet, aged only 13 years old.
1883 15 Years Old In July 1883, Scott passed out of Britannia as a midshipman, seventh overall in a class of 26. … Read More
1887 19 Years Old On this occasion, 1 March 1887, Markham observed Midshipman Scott's cutter winning that morning's race across the bay. … Read More


1888 20 Years Old In March 1888 Scott passed his examinations for sub-lieutenant, with four first class certificates out of five.
His career progressed smoothly, with service on various ships and promotion to lieutenant in 1889. … Read More
1894 26 Years Old In 1894, while serving as torpedo officer on the depot ship, Scott learned of the financial calamity that had overtaken his family. … Read More


1899 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Before his appointment to lead the Discovery Expedition, Scott had followed the conventional career of a naval officer in the Royal Navy. In 1899, he had a chance encounter with Sir Clements Markham, the president of the Royal Geographical Society, thus learning of a planned Antarctic expedition, and soon volunteered to lead this expedition. … Read More
1901 - 1903 2 More Events
1906 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Scott's next few years were crowded. For more than a year he was occupied with public receptions, lectures and the writing of the expedition record, The Voyage of the Discovery. In January 1906, he resumed his full-time naval career, first as an Assistant Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty and, in August, as flag-captain to Rear-Admiral Sir George Egerton on. … Read More
1907 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Finally, to end the impasse, Shackleton agreed, in a letter to Scott dated 17 May 1907, to work to the east of the 170° W meridian and therefore to avoid all the familiar Discovery ground. … Read More


1908 40 Years Old However, Scott's persistence was rewarded and, on 2 September 1908, at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, the wedding took place.
Shackleton returned from the Antarctic having narrowly failed to reach the Pole, and this gave Scott the impetus to proceed with plans for his second Antarctic expedition. On 24 March 1909, he had taken the Admiralty-based appointment of naval assistant to the Second Sea Lord which placed him conveniently in London. … Read More
1910 42 Years Old 1 More Event
On 15 June 1910, Scott's ship Terra Nova, an old converted whaler, set sail from Cardiff, south Wales. … Read More
1911 43 Years Old 1 More Event
…  However, during the 1911 winter Scott's confidence increased; on 2 August, after the return of a three-man party from their winter journey to Cape Crozier, Scott wrote, "I feel sure we are as near perfection as experience can direct".
…  During the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912 after Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition. … Read More
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