Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was an Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Born in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland, Shackleton and his Anglo-Irish family moved to Sydenham in suburban south London when he was ten. Shackleton's first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery expedition of 1901–1904, from which he was sent home early on health grounds, after he and his companions Scott and Edward Adrian Wilson set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S. During the Nimrod expedition of 1907–1909, he and three companions established a new record Farthest South latitude at 88°S, only 97 geographical miles (112 statute miles or 180 kilometres) from the South Pole, the largest advance to the pole in exploration history. Also, members of his team climbed Mount Erebus, the most active Antarctic volcano. For these achievements, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home.

After the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911, with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to the crossing of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole. To this end, he made preparations for what became the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914–1917. Disaster struck this expedition when its ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice until it disintegrated, then by launching the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island and ultimately South Georgia Island, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles (1,330 km; 830 mi) and Shackleton's most famous exploit. In 1921, he returned to the Antarctic with the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition, but died of a heart attack while his ship was moored in South Georgia. At his wife's request, he was buried there.

Away from his expeditions, Shackleton's life was generally restless and unfulfilled. In his search for rapid pathways to wealth and security, he launched business ventures which failed to prosper, and he died heavily in debt. Upon his death, he was lauded in the press but was thereafter largely forgotten, while the heroic reputation of his rival Scott was sustained for many decades. Later in the 20th century, Shackleton was "rediscovered", and became a role model for leadership in extreme circumstances.In his 1956 address to the British Science Association, Sir Raymond Priestley, one of his contemporaries, said "Scott for scientific method, Amundsen for speed and efficiency but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton", paraphrasing what Apsley Cherry-Garrard had written in a preface to his 1922 memoir The Worst Journey in the World. In 2002, Shackleton was voted eleventh in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

Departing Like Rivers

Departing Like Rivers

September 10, 2021

Play on spotify
Like the Stars Forever and Ever

Like the Stars Forever and Ever

November 26, 2020

Play on spotify
Your Message is Peace

Your Message is Peace

October 8, 2020

Play on spotify
Primal Forms

Primal Forms

July 31, 2020

Play on spotify
Primal Drones

Primal Drones

June 18, 2020

Play on spotify
Reach the Endless Sea

Reach the Endless Sea

October 18, 2019

Play on spotify
Furnace of Guts

Furnace of Guts

September 21, 2018

Play on spotify
Behind the Glass

Behind the Glass

July 17, 2017

Play on spotify
Sferic Ghost Transmits

Sferic Ghost Transmits

January 19, 2017

Play on spotify
Devotional Songs

Devotional Songs

July 22, 2016

Play on spotify
Deliverance Series No. 3

Deliverance Series No. 3

October 2, 2015

Play on spotify
Deliverance Series No. 2

Deliverance Series No. 2

December 19, 2014

Play on spotify
Deliverance Series No. 1

Deliverance Series No. 1

July 24, 2014

Play on spotify
Freezing Opening Thawing

Freezing Opening Thawing

January 27, 2014

Play on spotify
Music for the Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ Eps

Music for the Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ Eps

May 7, 2012

Play on spotify
Boracay Drift

Boracay Drift

November 25, 2011

Play on spotify
Pinch & Shackleton

Pinch & Shackleton

November 18, 2011

Play on spotify
Deadman

Deadman

February 18, 2011

Play on spotify
Fireworks

Fireworks

February 18, 2011

Play on spotify
Man on a String, Pt. 1 & 2

Man on a String, Pt. 1 & 2

December 6, 2010

Play on spotify
Soundboy's Gravestone Gets Desecrated by Vandals, Pt. 2

Soundboy's Gravestone Gets Desecrated by Vandals, Pt. 2

February 2, 2009

Play on spotify
Soundboy's Gravestone Gets Desecrated by Vandals, Pt. 1

Soundboy's Gravestone Gets Desecrated by Vandals, Pt. 1

February 2, 2009

Play on spotify
Soundboy's Suicide Note

Soundboy's Suicide Note

September 1, 2008

Play on spotify
Death Is Not Final

Death Is Not Final

February 16, 2008

Play on spotify
Next To Nothing

Next To Nothing

October 15, 2007

Play on spotify
Soundboy Punishments

Soundboy Punishments

May 14, 2007

Play on spotify
Blood on My Hands

Blood on My Hands

March 1, 2007

Play on spotify
Soundboy's Ashes Get Chopped out and Snorted

Soundboy's Ashes Get Chopped out and Snorted

March 1, 2007

Play on spotify
Soundboy's Bones Get Buried in the Dirt, Vol. 2

Soundboy's Bones Get Buried in the Dirt, Vol. 2

August 1, 2006

Play on spotify
Soundboy's Bones Get Buried in the Dirt, Vol. 1

Soundboy's Bones Get Buried in the Dirt, Vol. 1

August 1, 2006

Play on spotify
Soundboy's Nuts Get Ground up Proper

Soundboy's Nuts Get Ground up Proper

June 1, 2006

Play on spotify
Majestic Visions

Majestic Visions

January 15, 2006

Play on spotify
I Am Animal

I Am Animal

June 1, 2005

Play on spotify
Read more

Related artists

Kode9

Kode9

Pinch

Pinch

Peverelist

Peverelist

Appleblim

Appleblim

2562

2562

Zomby

Zomby

Martyn

Martyn

Ikonika

Ikonika

Ramadanman

Ramadanman

Mala

Mala

Boxcutter

Boxcutter

Scuba

Scuba

Horsepower Productions

Horsepower Productions

The Bug

The Bug

Demdike Stare

Demdike Stare

Moritz Von Oswald Trio

Moritz Von Oswald Trio

Ital Tek

Ital Tek

Actress

Actress

Pearson Sound

Pearson Sound

Vex'd

Vex'd

August 24, 2021

An Extremely Rare Interview With Electronic Music Innovator Shackleton

The singular producer emerges from the shadows to dispel a few myths, look back on his role in the evolution of dubstep, and discuss his first new solo album in nine years.

pitchfork.com

June 24, 2021

Shackleton Announces First Album in 9 Years, Shares New Track: Listen

Departing Like Rivers, led by new song “Something Tells Me / Pour Out Like Water,” is the producer and sound artist’s first solo LP since 2012

pitchfork.com