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Commemorating Captain Scott

15 June 2010

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBESir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, titled by the Guinness Book of Records as "The World’s Greatest Living Explorer" will be visiting the University on 15 June to deliver a public lecture, commemorating the centenary of Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition.

Due to an unprecedented level of interest, tickets are no longer available for this event but, to accommodate the popularity of the lecture, the University will be streaming it live across the web. The lecture begins at 7.45pm and viewers can watch it live at

The lecture, entitled "Living Dangerously: In the genre of Captain Scott", marks the start of a series of lectures organised by the University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences to celebrate the anniversary of Scott’s epic expedition.

Sir Ranulph is well-known for a series of record-breaking expeditions with Charles Burton, including being the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Artic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis.

Sir Ranulph’s lecture also forms part of the Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture Series, which marks a fitting tribute to the memory of Professor Hadyn Ellis CBE DSc (1945-2006), formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University.

This is the third lecture in the series, following Mary Robinson, former Irish President, in 2008 and Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, in 2009.

On 15th June 1910, the SS Terra Nova and Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition sailed from Cardiff, bound for Antarctica to undertake the historic and ultimately tragic journey to the South Pole.

To help commemorate 100 years since the ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic and particularly the links with Cardiff, the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences has organised a series of public lectures and school activities throughout 2010/11.

The Earth and Ocean Science Scott Series, which starts on 12 October 2010, will see a number of high-profile guest speakers from the world of polar exploration and scientific research visiting the University over the course of the next twelve months. More information on the Series can be found at