Only a handful of babies have been born on Antarctica. Ever wonder what their names are?
Me too. So I thought I’d look them up.
First I should mention Solveig Gunbjørg Jacobsen, a Norwegian baby girl who was born on South Georgia Island on October 8, 1913. She wasn’t the first baby born on Antarctica itself, but she was the first to be born in the southern polar region.
The first true Antarctican baby was Emilio Marcos de Palma, born at Argentine research station Esperanza Base in Hope Bay, Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica, on January 7, 1978. “Over the next five years, four more boys and three girls were born at Esperanza,” according to the book Antarctica by Jeff Rubin. (I haven’t had any luck tracking down the names of these seven other babies.)
The only other civilian settlement in Antarctica, Villa Las Estrellas, located on a Chilean military base on King George Island, welcomed its first baby, Juan Pablo Camacho, in 1984. Two more babies (one named Gisella) have since been born there.
Have you ever met (or do you know of) any of the other Antarctican babies? If so, what are their names and nationalities?
Source: The Times