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Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912)

Biography of surgeon, biologist and polar explorer Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912)

Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912) was a surgeon, polar explorer and biologist.

Wilson was born in Cheltenham on 23rd July 1872 to Dr Edward Thomas Wilson (1832–1918) and his wife, Mary Agnes, née Whishaw (1841–1930). He was educated at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Degree in 1894. He studied for his Bachelor of Medicine (MB) degree at St George's Hospital Medical School, qualifying as a doctor in 1900.

He was subsequently appointed as a Junior House Surgeon at Cheltenham General Hospital.

Wilson married Oriana Souper on 16th July 1901, just weeks before setting off for the Antarctic as the assistant surgeon onboard the Discovery between 1901 and 1904.

Wilson was subsequently the Chief of Scientific Staff and biologist aboard the Tera Nova 1910-1913.

A close friend of captain Scott, Wilson was one of the ill-fated shore party who perished on the return from the South Pole along with Scott, Oates, Bowers and Evans on or around 29th March 1912.

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