Henryk Arctowski

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Henryk Arctowski (1871 - 1958) was a Polish scientist, oceanographer and Antarctica's explorer.

Henryck Arctowski, Ph.D., was born in Warsaw on 15 July 1871, and educated in Paris, Liege, Zurich and Lemberg. He was in charge of physical observations on the Belgian Antarctic Expedition (the Belgica Expedition) of 1897-1899. This was the first expedition to spend the winter in the Antarctic. Shipmates included Roald Amundsen and Frederick A. Cook. Arctowski joined The Explorers Club in New York in 1920.

His name has been given to a phenomenon in which a halo resembling a rainbow, with two other partial arcs symmetrical to the main one, forms around the sun as light is refracted through ice crystals in the atmosphere.


In recognition of his work and his contribution to science, his name has been given to a number of geographical features:

In Antarctica:

In Spitsbergen:

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