Bertram George Colin Lowder

(27.11.1911 - 11.01.2001)

British zoologist .

He was educated at Berkhamsted and at St. John's College in Cambridge, where he was recognized as the first in Zoology.

After completing his studies, Bertram joined the Cambridge Expedition to Skoursby-Sun in East Greenland, which was organized by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his ship, the "Parqua-Pa".

After this expedition followed nine months of studying the coral reefs in the Red Sea, and then Bertram took the place of a biologist in the British Antarctic Expedition to Graham Land in the years 1934-1937.

On this expedition, he initially performed the task of a marine biologist on the Penol expedition vessel, but then exchanged roles with a coastal biologist. As a result, he was able to take part in a long search expedition of 600 miles of dog sledding, during which George VI Strait, which was filled with ice, was discovered, separating Alexander Island from the Antarctic Peninsula. They also confirmed that the peninsula was not an archipelago.

During the Second World War, Bertram initially worked at the Scottish Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, where he was involved in the development and testing of Arctic clothing and equipment for the military. He participated in the invention of the vest, which allows a thin layer of warm air to circulate next to the skin and reduces the loss of body heat.

In 1940, he was sent to Palestine, where he worked as a chief fisheries officer for three years, helping to maximize food resources in the Gulf of Aqaba.

After the war, he began working at St. John's College in Cambridge, and from 1949 at the same time served as director of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

He died in Graffham County Sussex, England.

A small glacier on Dixon Land, the island of Western Svalbard. The coordinates are 78° 44.3'N  16° 48'E.


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