Ernest Shackleton

1874 - 1922

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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was an Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Born in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland, Shackleton and his Anglo-Irish family moved to Sydenham in suburban south London when he was ten. Shackleton's first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904, from which he was sent home early on health grounds, after he and his companions Scott and Edward Adrian Wilson set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Shackleton has received more than 6,985,660 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Ernest Shackleton is the 52nd most popular explorer (down from 39th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 20th in 2019) and the most popular Irish Explorer.

Ernest Shackleton was an explorer who led three expeditions to the Antarctic. He is most famous for his 1914-1917 expedition where he led 27 men on a ship called the Endurance to Antarctica, but their ship became stuck in ice and they were forced to abandon it and make a treacherous journey across the ice to reach safety.

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Among explorers, Ernest Shackleton ranks 52 out of 498Before him are Diego de Almagro, Jacob Roggeveen, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Robert Falcon Scott, Samuel de Champlain, and Giovanni da Verrazzano. After him are Diogo Cão, William Adams, Hanno the Navigator, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, and John Smith.

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Among people born in 1874, Ernest Shackleton ranks 26Before him are G. K. Chesterton, Talaat Pasha, W. Somerset Maugham, August Krogh, Karl Kraus, and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. After him are Konstantin Päts, Nicholas Roerich, Reinhold Glière, Antanas Smetona, Inessa Armand, and Gustav Holst. Among people deceased in 1922, Ernest Shackleton ranks 15Before him are Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hermann Rorschach, Walther Rathenau, Georges Sorel, Djemal Pasha, and Michael Collins. After him are Albert I, Prince of Monaco, Ernest Solvay, Vittorio Monti, Rudolf Kjellén, Yamagata Aritomo, and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Ernest Shackleton ranks 26 out of 549Before him are Columbanus (540), Michael D. Higgins (1941), Laurence Sterne (1713), Enya (1961), Lola Montez (1821), and Michael Collins (1890). After him are James Ussher (1581), Cillian Murphy (1976), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), Iris Murdoch (1919), Bono (1960), and Bertie Ahern (1951).

Among EXPLORERS In Ireland

Among explorers born in Ireland, Ernest Shackleton ranks 1After him are Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie (1810), Edward Bransfield (1785), Arnaud-Michel d'Abbadie (1815), Robert McClure (1807), Henry Kellett (1806), Robert O'Hara Burke (1821), and Tom Crean (1877).