Emilio Palma

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Emilio Marcos Palma
Emilio Marcos des Palma

(1978-01-07) 7 January 1978 (age 46)
Known forBeing the first human born on the Antarctic mainland
  • Jorge Emilio Palma (father)
  • Silvia Morella de Palma (mother)

Emilio Marcos Des Palma Morella (born 7 January 1978) is an Argentine man who was the first documented person born on the continent of Antarctica.


Palma was born in Fortín Sargento Cabral at the Esperanza Base, near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and weighed 3.4 kg (7 lb 8 oz). His father, Captain Jorge Emilio Palma, was head of the Argentine Army detachment at the base.[1] While ten people have been born in Antarctica since, Palma's birthplace remains the southernmost.

In late 1977, Silvia Morella de Palma, who was then seven months pregnant, was airlifted to Esperanza Base, in order to complete her pregnancy in the base.[2] The airlift was a part of the Argentine solutions to the sovereignty dispute over territory in Antarctica. Emilio was automatically granted Argentine citizenship by the government since his parents were both Argentine citizens, and he was born in the claimed Argentine Antarctica. This is a sector of Antarctica claimed by Argentina as part of its national territory, although this claim is not internationally recognised and overlaps with British and Chilean claims.[citation needed]

He is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the first person known to have been born on the continent.[3]

Other births in Antarctica[edit]

Solveig Gunbjørg Jacobsen of Norway, born in the island territory of South Georgia on 8 October 1913, was the first person born and raised in the Antarctic (the world region south of the Antarctic Convergence).[4] The first human born in the wider Antarctic region was the Australian James Kerguelen Robinson, born in the Kerguelen Islands on 11 March 1859.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ This area was and is still disputed between the Argentine Antarctic Territory, British Antarctic Territory and Chilean Antarctic Territory.


  1. ^ "Life found under S Pole ice shelf". The Times. 10 January 1978.
  2. ^ "Born Freezing: Meet Antarctica's First Citizen". WebEcoist. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  3. ^ The Guinness Book of Records. 1986. p. 17.
  4. ^ Gravminner i Norge, DISNorge.no; retrieved 14 June 2012. (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ J. Robinson. Appendix B: Log of the Offley. In: Reminiscences. Hobart: Archives Office of Tasmania, 1906. pp. 98-99. (Transcribed and edited by D. Cerchi.)