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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 4,397,534 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Ernest Shackleton is the 53rd most popular explorer (down from 47th in 2019), the 22nd 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

Among explorers, Ernest Shackleton ranks 53 out of 405Before him are Henry Hudson, Sven Hedin, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Diego de Almagro, and William Adams. After him are John Smith, Hernando de Soto, William Baffin, Samuel de Champlain, Hanno the Navigator, and Richard Francis Burton.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1874, Ernest Shackleton ranks 25Before him are Carl Bosch, António Egas Moniz, Sunjong of Korea, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Nikolai Berdyaev, and Nicholas Roerich. After him are Karl Kraus, Gustav Holst, Konstantin Päts, Inessa Armand, August Krogh, and Antanas Smetona. Among people deceased in 1922, Ernest Shackleton ranks 13Before him are Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Djemal Pasha, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hermann Rorschach, Fredrik Bajer, and Walther Rathenau. After him are Vittorio Monti, Georges Sorel, Ernest Solvay, Michael Collins, Albert I, Prince of Monaco, and Nellie Bly.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Ernest Shackleton ranks 22 out of 460Before him are John Scotus Eriugena (810), Anne Bonny (1702), Richard Harris (1930), W. B. Yeats (1865), William Rowan Hamilton (1805), and Laurence Sterne (1713). After him are Columbanus (540), Katie McGrath (1983), Michael Collins (1890), Enya (1961), Francis Beaufort (1774), and Iris Murdoch (1919).

Among EXPLORERS In Ireland

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