Edward Shackleton, Baron Shackleton

The Right Honourable
The Lord Shackleton
Edward Shackleton.jpg
1969 photograph, by Godfrey Argent
Lord Privy Seal
In office
1 November 1968 – 20 June 1970
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byFred Peart
Succeeded byThe Earl Jellicoe
Leader of the House of Lords
In office
16 January 1968 – 20 June 1970
Preceded byThe Earl of Longford
Succeeded byThe Earl Jellicoe
Personal details
Born15 July 1911
Died22 September 1994 (aged 83)
Spouse(s)Betty Horman (m. 1938)
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1940–56
RankWing Commander
Service number83143
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsOfficer of the Order of the British Empire

Edward Arthur Alexander Shackleton, Baron Shackleton, KG, AC, OBE, PC, FRS, FRGS[1] (15 July 1911 – 22 September 1994) was a British geographer, Royal Air Force officer and Labour Party politician.

Early life and career

Born in Wandsworth, London, Shackleton was the younger son of Emily Mary and Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer. The young Edward Shackleton was educated at Radley College, a boarding independent school for boys near the village of Radley in Oxfordshire, followed by Magdalen College at the University of Oxford.[2]

Shackleton arranged the 1932 Oxford University Exploration Club expedition to Sarawak in Borneo organised by Tom Harrisson. During this trip he was the first to attain the peak of Mount Mulu.

In 1934 Shackleton organised the Oxford University Ellesmere Land Expedition and chose Gordon Noel Humphreys to lead it. Shackleton accompanied the party as the assistant surveyor to Humphreys. The expedition was eventually responsible for naming Mount Oxford (after the University of Oxford) and the British Empire Range. On leaving university, he worked as a Talks Producer for the BBC in Northern Ireland – an experience that turned him away from the Conservative Party towards Labour. After wartime service in the RAF, Shackleton was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1945.[3]