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Francis, Henry S., Jr., 1930-1990



  • Existence: 1930 - 1990

Henry S. Francis, Jr, was born in 1930. He earned a B.A. in history and political science from Harvard University in 1954. In 1952, he lead a Harvard Mountaineering Club attempt on Mount McKinley and in 1957, spent a winter at Little America V, an Antarctic exploration base, as the assistant to the chief scientist. In the 1960s, he was the Acting Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Director of the International Cooperation and Information Program in the Office of Antarctic Programs at the National Science Foundation. He was involved with the International Geophysical Year and the Antarctic Treaty and had a mountain in the Antarctic named after him in honor of his Antarctic activities. In his later years, his interest shifted towards conservation and he worked as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the Student Conservation Association. He died on October 7, 1990.

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Henry Francis Jr. papers

Stefansson Mss-263
Identifier: Mss-263
Overview Henry S. Francis (1930-1990), Antarctic explorer and officer in the Antarctic Program at the National Science Foundation.Contain correspondence, reports, papers, maps, clippings, budgetary documents chronicling his research and interest in Antarctic explorations, conservation, treaties and laws.