Robert Charles Swan was born on 28 July 1956 in Durham, England, and attended Aysgarth School and then Sedbergh School (1969–1974) before completing a BA degree in Ancient History (1976–1979) at St Chad's College, Durham University. He is currently an advocate for the protection of Antarctica and renewable energy. Swan is also the founder of 2041, a company which is dedicated to the preservation of the Antarctic and the author with Gil Reavill of Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the Earth's Last Wilderness.
In November 2017, Swan undertook the South Pole Energy Challenge, the first expedition of its kind: a 600-mile journey to the South Pole with his son Barney Swan, surviving solely using renewable energy.
Robert Charles Swan is the first person to walk to both Poles. On January 11, 1986, after 70 days without the aid of any radio communications or back-up support and having hauled 160 kg sledges, he and his team arrived at the South Pole. Three years after reaching the South Pole, Swan assembled a team of eight people from seven nations for an attempt and arrived at the North Pole on May 14, 1989.
Robert Swan also organized and took part in many activities and challenges to promote meaningful messages such as: The Circumnavigation of Africa, The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, The E-base Goes Live, etc.
Robert Swan was granted a lot Awards, honors and publications such as: Polar Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1988), Winner of the United Nations Global 500 award (1990), etc.
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