Biographical entry Kirkby, Sydney Lorrimar (1933 - )
- Antarctic explorer and Surveyor
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.
- Award - Polar Medal
- Award - Member of the British Empire
- Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to surveying, particularly in Antarctica, to polar exploration, research and mapping expeditions, and to professional scientific societies
- Finch, Lynette, Fixing Antarctica: mapping the frozen south ([Ferny Hills, Qld]: [Lynette Finch], 2014), 229 pp. Details
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