Tannatt Edgeworth David
(28 February 1858 to 28 August 1934)
Nationality and profession
Welsh-born Australian Antarctic explorer and geologist
- 1886, discovered coalfields in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales
- 1907, joined Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition
- 1908, lead the first successful ascent of Mt Erabus, Antarctica's only active volcano
- 1909, lead the first expedition to the South Magnetic Pole
Born in Wales, David migrated to Australia in 1882 to work as a geological surveyor. He was appointed as Professor of Geology at the University of Sydney in 1890, although he continued to devote much of his time to undertaking fieldwork.
Photo: Edgeworth David
On his return to Australia, geology continued to play an important role in David's life. He continued as a Professor of Geology until 1924, subsequent to which he produced a comprehensive summary of Australian geology, published in 1932.