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Request from ex-Dumont d’Urville winterer: I am currently doing some research about the discovery of the emperor penguin and focusing at the moment on the Royal Society IGY Antarctic Expedition at Halley Bay. When the landing site was discovered in January 6th, 1956 a colony of emperors was discovered as well. Any chance you know who I should contact to see/obtain some photos of them this day?
Mark Vallance, who wintered at Halley in the ’70s, passed away.
Delyth Hampton contacted us about the death and funeral arrangements of Ian Hampton, Physiologist, who worked at Hope Bay in 1959 and 1960.
We only recently heard of the death of BAS Club member Allan MacArthur, who wintered on South Georgia as a Meteorologist in 1951 and at the Argentine Islands in 1952. Allan died on November 30th, 2016.
BAS received a call on Wednesday from Mrs Pimm-Smith who wanted to let everyone know that her husband, Brian, had passed away 2 weeks ago. Brian was a Club Member and wintered at Adelaide Islands as a meteorologist in 1964.
Al Wearden passed on the news that club member Neil Aikenhead has died. Neil wintered at Hope Bay 1960/61 as a geologist. Al will pass funeral details when known.
An international team of researchers, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), travels to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia this month (January) to carry out the first scientific whale survey since whaling stopped in the 1970s. The G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Working Group workshop took place in London on 12-13 December, and was attended by Government officials, funding agencies as well as marine scientists and specialists from across the G7. RRS James Cook spends Christmas on the Mid-Atlantic ridge and more….
We are passing on the notification that we recently received of the death of Gordon Howkins last autumn. His wife also passed away around the same time.
According to our records Gordon was at Deception Island as Met Man in 1944 as part of Operation Taberin. Gordon had an inlet named after him.
‘I have to pass on the sad news of the Death of Paul Farmer who passed away late on Christmas Eve after he lost his battle with Cancer. The end was very quick as the week before he had been skiing out in Chamonix & thought he had at least another year to live. I was with him & his wife in the hours before he died & he did not suffer’