Ernest Shackleton was an Anglo-Irish explorer who was one of the principal figures of Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was an Irish polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic in the early twentieth century. He was a junior officer under Robert Falcon Scott during the 1901-1904 expedition to the South Pole. His expedition on the whaler Nimrod in 1907 earned him a knighthood. He detailed his adventures aboard the Endurance during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914-1917 in the memoir South.