Family tree of Adrien de GERLACHE DE GOMERY

Diver, ocean explorer

FrenchBorn Adrien Victor Joseph de GERLACHE de GOMERY

Officer in the Belgian Royal Navy who led the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897 to 1899

Born on August 2, 1866 in Hasselt , Belgium

Died on December 4, 1934 in Brussels, Belgium

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Born in Hasselt, Belgium, de Gerlache was educated in Brussels. He studied Engineering at the Free University of Brussels (now split into the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and spent his holidays as a cabin boy on board transatlantic ocean liners. After graduating in 1885, he joined the Belgian Navy on 19 January 1886.

After graduating from the nautical college of Ostend as first lieutenant, he was assigned to the Belgica, a hydrography ship. It was while serving there that he came up with his plan to explore Antarctica.


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