Priestley, Raymond ___ 1886-1974 ___ Australian ___ scientist explorer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Priestley was born into a Methodist family in Tewkesbury, England. His father was headmaster of the local grammar school. While studying geology at Bristol university he was recruited to Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition to Antartica (1907-1909). He also was a member of Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition in 1910-1912. He graduated from Cambridge University, and the same year helped set up the Scott Polar Research Institute. From the 1930s, he held a series of academic and government administrative posts in Australia and England, in particular becoming Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. In 1944, he spent several months in the West Indies with a committee from the UK tasked with investigating the possibility of setting up a university in the region. He was knighted in 1949 and retired in 1952, but continued to work in different capacities (including, for example, being president of the Royal Geographical Society from 1961 to 1963).
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1935g-1938g ___ political social science education

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The Diary of a Vice-Chancellor: University of Melbourne 1935-1938
West Indian Journey
 

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