Author(s): Isobel P. Williams; John Dudeney
Bruce led the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902-1904) as well as participating in or leading, many other polar expeditions from 1892 through to 1919. But he is now largely forgotten compared with Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. In this book, expert authors return to primary sources to provide a new and controversial view of the relationship between Bruce and the then President of the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Clements Markham, and also draw new conclusions about Bruce's personality, in particular suggesting that he was probably on the autism spectrum. Bruce was ahead of his time in dreaming of cooperating meteorological stations in the South, he can be considered the Father of Meteorology in the South Atlantic, and he had a lasting impact, publishing his work, under great difficulties, in six scientific volumes.