Presenter: Dr. Cornelia Lüdecke

Name: Dr. Cornelia Lüdecke
Position: Privatdozent, Centre for the History of Science, University of Hamburg, Germany

Biography: Cornelia Lüdecke is 'Privatdozent'(assistant professor) for history of natural sciences at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She lives and works in Munich. Besides her interest in the history of meteorology her research focuses especially on the history of German polar research in a political and socio-cultural context. From 1991 she has chaired the History of Polar Research Study Group of the German Polar Society. In 2004 she established the SCAR Action Group on the History of Antarctic Research and has chaired it since then. She has organized four workshops and several conference sessions in Europe, the USA and Chile dealing with various aspects of polar history. She is also active as the German national representative of the International Polar Heritage Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites. Her polar publications include more than 70 papers and three monographs. A book about the "The Third Reich in Antarctica - The Story of the German Antarctic Expedition of 1938/9" with Colin Summerhayes as co-author will be published in 2010 by Bluntisham Books/ Erskine-Press.