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Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912), Antarctic explorer

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Robert Falcon Scott was born in Plymouth and began his naval career aged thirteen. From 1901 to 1904 he led the first National Antarctic Expedition on board the Discovery. The expedition reached further south than any previous attempt and Scott became a national hero. His second expedition on board the Terra Nova reached the Antarctic in January 1911 and set out for the pole the following November. Scott's team reached the South Pole in January 1912 only to find that the Norwegian explorer, Raoul Amundsen had beaten him there. They encountered extreme weather conditions on their return and perished.