The collection comprises of material relating to the Oceanographical observations conducted during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and to their subsequent analysis and publication.
Edward Nelson collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Edward Nelson
- Dates of Creation1910-1943
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (26 volumes, 5 unbound files, all in 2 archival boxes)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Edward W. Nelson was born in 1883. He was educated at Clifton, Tonbridge and Cambridge University. He was working at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory when he joined the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott), as biologist. He took part in a sledging journey to One Ton Depot, carrying food supplies for the returning polar party. Although specializing in invertebrate zoology, he also conducted tidal observations while at Cape Evans. He was awarded the Polar Medal. He died in 1923.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and British polar exploration and research, a historical and medallic record with biographies 1818-1999 by Lieutenant Colonel Neville W. Poulsom and Rear Admiral John A.L. Myres, Savannah Publications, London (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 737.2 and SPRI Library Antarctic Biographies Card Index
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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