The collection comprises of material relating to the Cambridge Iceland Expedition, 1932 (leader Brian Roberts)
William Lewis collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 William Lewis
- Dates of Creation1932
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (1 sheet)
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Administrative / Biographical History
William Vaughan Lewis was born on 2 June 1907 in Pontypridd, Wales. He was educated at Pontypridd County Grammar School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, graduating in 1929. He was appointed a student demonstrator in the geography department, later becoming a university lecturer in geography in 1945 and fellow of Trinity College in 1949. Interested in glaciology, he joined the Cambridge Iceland Expedition (leader Brian Roberts) as seismologist and surveyor in 1932, and subsequent visits there and to Norway led him to write many papers on the physiography of glaciated regions. He participated in expeditions to Swiss glaciers and organized student expeditions to Jotunheimen in Norway. While on a visit to North America lecturing and conducting field-work, he died in a motor accident at de Witt, Iowa, on 8 June 1961.
Published work Investigation on Norwegian cirque glaciers edited by William Vaughan Lewis, Royal Geographical Society London (1960) SPRI Library Shelf (58)551.324.22
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and Polar Record volume 11 number 70 January 1962 p112 and 'William Vaughan Lewis' by James Alfred Steers in Geographical Journal volume 127 number 3 Jan-Dec 1961 p386-387
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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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