[ John Heaney on Gough Island, 1956 Source : Quintin Heaney, reproduced by kind permission ] John Heaney was an explorer, a widely travelled oilman, and a long‐serving Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and long standing member of the Geographical Club. Born in Burma on 26 February 1931, his early years were spent in India where his father, Brigadier G F ‘Tim’ Heaney was Surveyor General. Like many men of his generation, he was deeply influenced by his colonial childhood in South Asia, and he developed a love of the outdoors that became life‐long. After attending Marlborough College and being trained as a surveyor during National Service, he was chosen for Duncan Carse's South Georgia Survey of 1951–52. That party defined the shape and structure of the island and mapped about 40% of it, including the glacier that bears Heaney's name. On returning from South Georgia, John Heaney went to Cambridge where he read mechanical sciences. With a career in Shell already in view, he was determined to lead his own expedition before the world of work took over. On the advice of Dr Brian Roberts of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Gough Island, an uninhabited
The Geographical Journal – Wiley
Published: Mar 1, 2011
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