Polar Explorer Sir Phillip Law visits Glacier Society
Renowned Australian Polar explorer Sir Phillip Law, who this year
celebrated his 91st birthday, was a recent visitor to the Stratford-based
international Glacier Society and was warmly welcomed by Society
chairman Ben Koether.
member of the Glacier Society's Board of Directors since last year,
Law is best known for his Antarctic explorations for more than 20
was head of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions
and led 23 voyages to Antarctica and the sub-Arctic regions. In
those expeditions, Law and his colleagues mapped more than 3,000
miles of coastline and 800,000 square miles of territory.
in Australia in 1912, Law started his professional career as a secondary
school teacher, but vigorous forms of mountaineering, bush walking
and skiing as a youth soon prompted him to pursue a life-long interest
in exploring Antarctica. A physicist with degrees from Melbourne
University, he was named the chief scientist of a new expedition
to the region in 1947 and held the post until 1966.
his career, Law established several research stations in Australian
Antarctic Territory. Those stations disseminated atmospheric, scientific,
meteorological, mapping, radio transmission, biological, physiological
and geophysical information to various scientific publications around
1966, Law resigned from the Department of External Affairs and his
involvement with the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions.
He became executive vice president of the newly established Victoria
Institute of Colleges to coordinate activities of 16 tertiary institutes
of technology. Among his many achievements in that role was the
establishment of two new colleges, the Victorian College of the
Arts and the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences.
later served as president of the Royal Society of Victoria, created
the Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences and was foundation president
of the Australia/New Zealand Scientific Exploration Society.
1998, at the age of 86, Law returned to the Antarctic to an area
which he and his team were the first to explore 40 years earlier.
Glacier Society is proud and honored to have the support and encouragement
of this distinguished Polar explorer, Sir Phillip Law.