Articles | Volume 89, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/polf-89-25-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/polf-89-25-2021
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20 May 2021
Scientific article |  | 20 May 2021

Wilhelm Filchner – hierarchy and insufficient leadership on the Second German Antarctic Expedition

Ursula Rack

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The Second German Antarctic Expedition (1911–1912) had problems before it set sail south. Wilhelm Filchner (1877–1957) failed to secure his position as expedition leader. He had the support neither of the scientists and officers on board nor of the scientific community in Germany. However, the scientific results were astonishing considering these unfortunate circumstances. That is an example that bad leadership and successful scientific work are not contradictions.