Person NameWordie; Sir; James (1889-1962); Geologist and polar explorer
EpithetGeologist and polar explorer
ActivityBorn in 1889 in Glasgow, James Wordie was educated at Glasgow Academy, Glasgow University and Cambridge. As a geologist, he was appointed Chief of the Scientific Staff of the Shackleton Antarctic Expedition from 1914 to 1917, returning in time to serve as a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery in France for the remainder of the First World War. He was second in charge of the Scottish Spitsbergen Expeditions in 1919 and 1920, and in the years to 1947 he participated in several other expeditions mostly to Arctic regions. He was president of the Royal Geographical Society from 1951 to 1954, chairman of the Scott Polar Research Institute from 1937 to 1955, and a member of the Discovery Committee of the Colonial Office from 1923 to 1949. He retired to Cambridge and died in 1962.
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