Charles Swithinbank has spent his life in polar research since graduating from Oxford University over 60 years ago. He has worked with British, Canadian, Chilean, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish and US polar expeditions. Charles is recognised within his field and has been awarded the Patron’s Medal by the Royal Geographical Society. He has also had a number of geographical features named after him such as a mountain range and two glaciers. Charles has spent more than 500 flying hours in the co-pilot’s seat of aircraft on various polar expeditions and has pioneered the use and interpretation of spacecraft observations of ice sheets. His work in this area has been published by the US Geological Survey and the US Army.
The 17th January 2012 marked the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s team from the British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition reaching the South Pole and a number of events are being held across the capital to honour this landmark. To commemorate this extraordinary expedition, the Royal Aeronautical Society is holding a lecture on the role and influence that aviation has played within this region over the last six decades.
Dr Swithinbank's lecture will cover his own experiences in polar aviation over the last sixty years, not as aircrew but as a scientist needing to reach places far from established airfields.
Official Link: http://aerosociety.com/Events/Event-List/605/Aviation-In-The-Antarctic-My-Sixty-Years-On-Ice