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Ernest Shackleton

Parent Category: Polar Exploration
Learn more about Irish Ernest Shackleton, a polar explorer of the Heroic Age, who represents many of the character traits we admire today in people we call leaders.
Shackleton left England aboard the Quest on 24 September 1921 bound for Antarctica. When the party arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Shackleton suffered a suspected heart attack. He refused a proper medical examination and would not seek treatment, so Quest continued south, and on 4 January 1922 arrived at...
Earnest Shackleton participated in several expeditions, notably onein the early 1900s when he led a team to the 'farthest south' -- agoal that motivated other explorers who followed him, to be thefirst to set foot at the South Pole. As well, Shackleton is known for his preservation of human life:...
Short answer twice. Long answer: He went once as part of Scott's team, but was sent home after getting sick on an expedition. He later went back himself as the leader of an expedition to be the first to walk from one side of the Antarctic to the other, but didnt achieve it.