Magga Dan at the ice edge Fuchs and Hillary at the South Pole Fuchs at Scott Base Sir Vivian Fuchs


Sir Vivian Fuchs

Sir Vivian Fuchs

11 February 1908 - 11 November 1999

In 1958 Sir Vivian Fuchs made history when he successfully completed the first crossing of the Antarctic via the South Pole. This epic journey captured the imagination of the world and it is for this expedition that he is most particularly remembered. Yet Sir Vivian's life as an explorer began in the tropical East African Rift Valley, as a geologist at the University of Cambridge.

During the Second World War he was commissioned into the Cambridgeshire Regiment and served in West Africa, the UK and in France. Perhaps it was during this time that he developed his skills as a leader - skills that would serve him well in the Antarctic with the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), leading the Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1958, and as founder and first Director of the British Antarctic Survey.

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