James Simpson (explorer)

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Commander Cortlandt James Woore Simpson CBE, DSC, PM, RN (2 September 1911 – 9 May 2002) was a British naval officer and polar explorer.[1]

Personal Life[edit]

Simpson was born into a Naval family, his father Vice-Admiral Cortland Herbert Simpson was the commander of HMS Mullett and other vessels.

Simpson was married 4 times and had one daughter.

His great grandfather was John Busby, who along with his great uncle James Busby, were the fathers of the Australian wine industry.

Naval career[edit]

He was commissioned into the Royal Navy following graduation from the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. After service on several vessels, he resigned his commission in 1936 in order to study electrical engineering at the University of London.

He returned to the Royal Navy in 1939 as an electrical officer, serving as an anti-submarine specialist, and in destroyers.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the 1945 King's Birthday Honours.

He retired from the Royal Navy in 1961.[2]

British North Greenland Expedition[edit]

North Ice was the name of a research station of the British North Greenland Expedition (1952 to 1954) on the inland ice of Greenland. The expedition was led by Simpson.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40339. p. 6789. 26 November 1954. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Commander Jim Simpson". Telegraph. 16 May 2002. Retrieved 30 April 2009.