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13 of history's greatest polar explorers

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 16, 2011, 8:52 a.m.
Sir Edgeworth David

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Sir Edgeworth David

Sir Edgeworth David was an Australian geologist who led the first expedition to reach the South Magnetic Pole. David, Dr. Alistair Mackay and Douglas Mawson supplemented their diet with penguins and seals as they trekked across the frozen continent, and on Jan. 16, 1909, they arrived at the pole and raised the British flag. David was also the first person to reach the top of Mount Erebus, Antarctica’s only active volcano.