Dr. Edward Wilson with Siberian Pony
Terra Nova Expedition 1910-1913
Dr. David M. Wilson
Descendant of Dr. Edward Wilson
David Wilson is a world-renowned Antarctic historian and author of
as well as other books on the Heroic Age.
We are greatly honored that he has written the Foreword for our book.
Foreword by Dr. David M. Wilson
My great uncle may be known to the world as Dr. Edward Wilson, Antarctic explorer and scientist — a gifted artist, chief of scientific staff to Captain Robert Scott, and in every respect a pivotal figure in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. To me, however, he was simply family.
I never met my great-uncle — he died in Antarctica on the return from the South Pole in 1912, years before I was born — but I knew my grandfather and remember how he talked of his brother. To give you an idea of what Dr.Edward Wilson endured in the name of science, discovery and exploration, envision this scene:
Great-uncle Ted and his two colleagues were lying inside a small, un-insulated rock-sided shelter in the middle of an Antarctic winter, listening to the screaming wind of a blizzard as it raged outside. Suddenly their tent, pitched nearby, blew away; followed a short time later by the roof of their shelter. They were left exposed to the full ferocity of the icy tumult. Death stared them in the face. It was my great uncle’s 39th birthday.
Without shelter they may not survive the night; without a tent, they would surely not survive the trip back.
Why even embark on such a life threatening journey in the coldest, darkest part of the year? How did they live to tell the tale and what exactly did they discover? And importantly, what lessons can we learn from this remarkable team that can help with our modern lives?
When Your Life Depends on It is a page-turner with true stories that will sear you to the depth of your soul. It brings to life a time when ordinary people faced extraordinary challenges as they pushed forward the boundaries of human knowledge against powerful forces in a hostile environment. The stories and the decision making lessons derived from them will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Dr. Edward Wilson is one of the men in the photograph on the book’s cover.