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Celebrate National Science Week at Hurstville Library with Climate Scientist and Explorer Chris Turney

Posted 12 August 2016 by (Hurstville News)

Climate scientist and Antarctic explorer, Professor Chris Turney will visit Hurstville Library as part of National Science Week to talk about his book, 1912: the year the world discovered Antarctica (2012) on Tuesday 16 August.

Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner said the book tells the story of the five separate teams who, in 1912, embarked on a scientific exploration beyond the edge of the known planet.

“Devoting a chapter to each of the five expeditions, Professor Turney draws on previously unpublished archival material, centring the narrative on the broader notion of the human spirit and the excitement of scientific discovery,” he said.

"The book depicts the frozen continent, the heroic trials endured by its explorers and the lasting legacy for future scientific endeavour.”

Professor Turney is an Australian and British earth scientist, and an Australia Research Council Laureate Fellow in climate change at the University of New South Wales. In 2007 he was awarded the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for outstanding young Quaternary scientists, and in 2009 he received the Geological Society of London’s Bigsby Medal for services to geology.

Inspired by the events surrounding 1912, Professor Turney led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014, a privately-funded multidisciplinary scientific expedition that set out to discover the environmental changes taking place in the south.

Event details:
When: 7.00pm - 8.00pm, Tuesday 16 August 2016
Where : Hurstville Library, Corner Queens Road and Dora Street, Hurstville
Cost: Free event Bookings essential: To book or for more information, visit the ‘What’s On’ section at lmg.hurstville.nsw.gov.au, call 9330 6111 or hcclibrary@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
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