Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

Local nameScott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)
LocationNewtown, Cambridge, UK

The Scott Polar Research Institute is a centre for research into the polar regions and glaciology worldwide. It is a sub-department of the Department of Geography in the University of Cambridge, located on Lensfield Road in the south of Cambridge.

SPRI was founded by Frank Debenham in 1920 as the national memorial to Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his companions, who died on their return journey from the South Pole in 1912. It investigates issues relevant to the Arctic and Antarctic in the environmental sciences, social sciences and humanities. The Institute is home the Polar Museum and has some 60 personnel, consisting of academic, library and support staff plus postgraduate students, associates and fellows attached to research programmes. The Institute also hosts the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

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More information and contact


Official Website


Phone +44 1223 336 540

Address Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EP, UK

Coordinates 52°11'54.048" N 0°7'34.908" E

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