A ‘cool’ article on Antarctic expeditions and a Glasgow graduate geologist

In this sweltering weather, think cool –  think Antarctic expeditions.

Phil Stone of the British Geological Survey and John Faithfull of the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow have published their recent paper on Scottish geologist David Ferguson in the Scottish Journal of Geology.  “The mineral prospecting expeditions to the South Atlantic islands and Antarctic Peninsula region made by the Scottish geologist David Ferguson, 1912–1914” features material from the University of Glasgow Archives, as well information from the Salvasen archives in Edinburgh. AND the only known picture of Ferguson (centre, surrounded by the crew of the S.S. Matilda, the whale catcher that transported him around South Georgia). David Ferguson, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Department, Salvesen Archive 7628d

Ferguson studied at the University of Glasgow between 1905 and 1908 under Professor John Walter Gregory and George Tyrell, lecturer in Geology. Ferguson accumulated material while working as a mineral prospector for Christian Salvesen whaling company of Leith, which was widely used by his mentors at the University of Glasgow, and further afield. His field notebooks and most of his rock specimens are now held by Glasgow University.

The full article can be found here.

Using the nifty search function on the International Story website, we can see other Glasgow alumni who took part in other Antarctic expeditions, such as  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, who join the celebrated polar explorer, Captain James Clark Ross, on his Antarctic Expedition; Lorenzo Saborido, who took part in Antarctic Expeditions of the Argentine Navy; and Alexander Stevens, Professor of Geography from 1947, who was geologist and geographer on the Weddell Sea party in the Shackleton Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914.


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