Alistair McKay

Alistair Mackay

Alistair Mackay, Edgeworth David et Douglas Mawson au pôle Sud magnétique le 17 janvier 1909.

Alistair Forbes Mackay[1] (22 février 1878, Carsgey, Argyllshire[1] — février 1914[1]) est un explorateur britannique de l'Antarctique.

Fils du colonel A. Forbes Mackay du 92e régiment des Gordon Highlanders[2], il fait ses études à Édimbourg, puis suit à Dundee les cours de zoologie des professeurs Patrick Geddes et D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson[2].

Après avoir été soldat en Afrique du Sud, puis dans la police de Robert Baden-Powell, il passe l'examen final de médecine pour le titre de chirurgien[2].

Célibataire[2], il a navigué quatre ans dans la Royal Navy avant de prendre sa retraite[2] et partir à vingt-neuf ans[2] comme assistant chirurgien[1] sur l'expédition Nimrod (1907–1909) dirigée par Ernest Shackleton. Durant cette expédition, il a atteint le pôle Sud magnétique avec Edgeworth David et Douglas Mawson.

Bibliographie

  • (en) Beau Riffenburgh, Shackleton's Forgotten Expedition: The Voyage of the Nimrod, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2005, 384 p. (ISBN 978-1582346113) 

Notes et références

  1. a , b , c  et d Beau Riffenburgh, Shackleton's Forgotten Expedition: The Voyage of the Nimrod, p. xxiii
  2. a , b , c , d , e  et f (en) British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09, Nimrod, Crew and Personnel List, coolantarctica.com. Consulté le 19 octobre 2008
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