Russell Ladkin Honoured with Place-name in Antarctica

Posted On: 17/01/21

In December, to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the Antarctic continent, The Government of the British Antarctic Territory announced 28 new place-names in the Territory. The place-names celebrate scientists, explorers, logisticians and others who have made a significant contribution to the UK’s scientific and exploration record in Antarctica in the last 50 years.

Congratulations to former student Russell Ladkin, who has been honoured for his research work in Antarctica. A glacier (circled on map) has been given his name.

Russell was a Meteorologist at British Antarctic Survey and wintered at Halley Research Station in 1990 and 1991. Later he was the engineer responsible for airborne meteorology instrumentation.

The Ladkin Glacier is about 10km wide and 3km deep between Palosuo Islands and the west side of Renaud Island, Biscoe Islands.

In 2002 Russell received the Fuchs Medal, an award given to those who have made an exceptional contribution in a particular season or seasons. Russell has also received the Polar Medal, in 2007, for his outstanding achievement and service to the United Kingdom in the field of Polar Research.