The First Year of Human Habitation, and Science, at the Geographic South Pole


  • The speaker was a scientific member of the first wintering-over party at the International Geophysical Year (IGY) Amundsen-Scott South-Pole Station in 1957. In addition to his scientific duties as the seismology lead and as an assistant to the ionosphere and aurora programs, he collected a comprehensive set of historical graphical material depicting the first wintering-over experience both inside and outside the South Pole Station. He will use this material to illustrate that first winter at the South Pole and will relate this experience to his nearly 50 years of active space-borne radio-sounding research at Goddard and to later scientific research conducted from the South Pole by others.