Ernest Frederic Roots, O.C., FRSC - eminent explorer and environmentalist
Michael Dence, National Research Council
On March 12, 2016, at the ripe age of 93, Dr Fred Roots received the Explorer's Medal, the highest honor of the Explorer Club of New York, thereby crowning a career of exceptional accomplishment and influence. Sadly, the award proved to be the last of numerous honors as he died peacefully at his home in East Sooke, B.C. on October 18. A graduate of UBC and Princeton he achieved international renown when only 26 as the chief geologist of the famed Norway-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition (NBSX) of 1949-1952, widely recognized as the model for succeeding international projects.