Robert Falcon Scott

1868 - 1912

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Captain Robert Falcon Scott (6 June 1868 – c. 29 March 1912) was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery expedition of 1901–04 and the Terra Nova expedition of 1910–13. On the first expedition, he set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S and discovered the Antarctic Plateau, on which the South Pole is located. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Falcon Scott has received more than 3,536,483 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Robert Falcon Scott is the 49th most popular explorer (down from 37th in 2019), the 442nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 317th in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Explorer.

Robert Falcon Scott was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic, both of which ended in tragedy. On his first expedition, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to find that they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition. On the second expedition, Scott led a party of four which reached the pole on 17 January 1912, only to find that Amundsen had preceded them again. On their return journey, Scott and his companions all died from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold.

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Among explorers, Robert Falcon Scott ranks 49 out of 498Before him are Frederick de Houtman, Sven Hedin, Zhang Qian, Diego de Almagro, Jacob Roggeveen, and Louis Antoine de Bougainville. After him are Samuel de Champlain, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Ernest Shackleton, Diogo Cão, William Adams, and Hanno the Navigator.

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Among people born in 1868, Robert Falcon Scott ranks 23Before him are Theodore William Richards, Paul Claudel, Gaston Leroux, Gustav Meyrink, Huo Yuanjia, and Gertrude Bell. After him are Dietrich Eckart, August Horch, Felix Hoffmann, Vittorio Monti, Edmond Rostand, and Scott Joplin. Among people deceased in 1912, Robert Falcon Scott ranks 12Before him are Frédéric Passy, Bram Stoker, Edward Smith, Karl May, Thomas Andrews, and Lawrence Alma-Tadema. After him are Joseph Lister, Auguste Beernaert, Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Benjamin Guggenheim, and William McMaster Murdoch.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Falcon Scott ranks 442 out of 8,785Before him are Elizabeth Blackwell (1821), Richard Attenborough (1923), Ronald Coase (1910), Cary Grant (1904), Marie of Romania (1875), and Charles Dance (1946). After him are William Pitt the Younger (1759), Joan Clarke (1917), Robert Walpole (1676), David Niven (1910), J. M. Barrie (1860), and John Rhys-Davies (1944).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Robert Falcon Scott ranks 6Before him are James Cook (1728), Francis Drake (1540), David Livingstone (1813), Henry Morton Stanley (1841), and William Baffin (1584). After him are William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), Henry Hudson (1570), John Davis (1550), Richard Francis Burton (1821), and William Dampier (1651).