Ernest Shackleton


Birthday February 15, 1874

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace Kilkea, Ireland

DEATH DATE Jan 5, 1922 (47)

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Irish Antarctic explorer who became a hero without ever accomplishing his dream of crossing the Antarctic. In 1915, his ship was lost at sea. In March of 2022, the ship was finally discovered off Antarctica. 

Before Fame

After being forced to return home from the historic Discovery Expedition, he set out to cross the Antarctic from shore to shore.


His ship to the South Pole became trapped in ice, and he led his crew on a precarious journey back to safety. From 1907 to 1909, he was part of the Nimrod expedition that set off from New Zealand. 

Family Life

He grew up in Ireland as the second oldest of ten children. He was married to Emily Mary Dorman from 1904 until 1922, and he had three kids named Edward, Cecily and Raymond.

Associated With

He was on the expedition that sent Roald Amundsen to become the first man to set foot on the Antarctic.