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Heroes for the Past and Present: A Century of Remembering Amundsen and Scott
MISHA, France.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0019-8251
2011 (English)In: Endeavour, ISSN 0160-9327, E-ISSN 1873-1929, Vol. 35, no 4, 142-150 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In 1911-1912 Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott led rival parties in a race to the geographic South Pole. While both parties reached the Pole - Amundsen first Scott's men died on the return journey. Amundsen became a Norwegian icon through his record-setting travels; Scott became a symbol of courage and devotion to science. The memory of each was invoked at various points during the twentieth century in the context of contemporary Antarctic events. Scott's status as a scientific figure was central to the Scott Polar Research Institute, while Amundsen's lack of scientific legacy became a way for British polar explorers to differentiate themselves from Norwegian contemporaries during the interwar years. After 1945 Scott and Amundsen were again invoked as exemplars of national polar achievement, even as the rise of large-scale science on the continent overshadowed past British and Norwegian achievements. In the present Amundsen and Scott remain wedded to particular values, focused respectively on national achievement and sacrifice in the name of science, while their race has become secondary.

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Elsevier, 2011. Vol. 35, no 4, 142-150 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-178181DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2011.08.002ISI: 000298568900004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-83155175294OAI: diva2:877706

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