Charles F. Passel

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Charles F. Passel (April 9, 1915 – December 27, 2002) was a polar scientist responsible along with Paul Siple for the development of the wind chill factor parameter.


Passel was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 9, 1915.[1] He had a bachelor's degree in geology from Miami University (Ohio), and a master's degree from Indiana University.[2]

Passel was a major participant in the third Antarctic Expedition of Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1939–1941). Passel had several diverse duties on the expedition (as all the expedition members did) including as a dog team driver.[3] His work with Siple was published in the American Philosophical Society [4]

He died December 27, 2002 in Abilene, Texas.


Passel's diary is published as the book Ice.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ University of Texas. "Passel, Charles F. Antarctic Exploration Collection". Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Obituary". Reporter-News. Abilene. December 28, 2002. 
  3. ^ Goerler, Raimund E. (February 13–14, 2000). "Interview of Charles F. Passel" (Interview). Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
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  5. ^ Passel, Charles F. (1995). Ice: The Antarctic Diary of Charles F. Passel. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press. ISBN 978-0896723474.