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Bernacchi, Louis Charles

Bernacchi, Louis Charles

Alias: None

Title: Mr

Dates: 1876-1942

Nationality: Unknown

Awards: Polar Medal (silver); Order of the British Empire (military); 1914 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; Chevalier of the Legion of Honour; American Naval Cross

Louis Charles Bernacchi was born in Belgium in 1876. He was brought up in England and Tasmania, and trained at the Melbourne Observatory where he studied astronomy, magnetism, meteorology and physics. He joined the British Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900 (Southern Cross), led by Carsten Borchgrevink, as meteorologist and magnetometry observer. He later joined the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery), led by Robert Falcon Scott, in a similar capacity.

After the expeditions, Bernacchi travelled in South America, South Africa and South-East Asia. He served in the Royal Navy during both World Wars, and received a military OBE and the US Navy Cross. He served as president of the Antarctric club in 1931,. He died on 24 April 1942, and is commemorated in the Antarctic with Cape Bernacchi (77°29'04'' S 163°51'10'' E), Bernacchi Head (76°08' S 168°20' E), and Bernacchi Bay (77°27'22'' S 163°49'31'' E).

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