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Biographical entry Kirkby, Sydney Lorrimar (1933 - )

Born
1933
Occupation
Antarctic explorer and Surveyor

Summary

Sydney Kirkby, between 1961 and 1965, surveyed more Antarctic territory than any other explorer. He was surveyor or station leader for three over-wintering parties at Mawson Station, Antarctica, 1956-1957, 1960-1961 and 1980-1981, as well as being a member of summer operations teams for four years, 1961-1962, 1962-1963, 1964-1965 and 1979-1980. During these periods he made a number of pioneering surveys. His contributions have made a significant impact on the fields of regional geochronology, petrology, tectonics geology, orogeny, glaciology, geomagnetism, and palaeomagnetism. The Kirkby Glacier and several other geographic features in Antarctica were named in his honour.

Details

Events

1957
Award - Polar Medal
1965
Award - Member of the British Empire

Published resources

Books

  • Finch, Lynette, Fixing Antarctica: mapping the frozen south, [Lynette Finch], [Ferny Hills, Qld], 2014, 229 pp. Details

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