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Edward Shackleton, Baron Shackleton

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Edward Arthur Alexander Shackleton, Baron Shackleton, PC KG (July 15, 1911 - 1994), was a British geographer and Labour politician.

He was the younger son of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer. In 1938, he married Betty Homan, and they had two children - the Hon. Charles Edward Ernest Shackleton and the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton.

In 1946, Shackleton was elected as Labour Member of Parliament for Preston in a by-election. In 1950, he was elected MP for Preston South, re-elected in 1951. In 1955, he stood down and was made Baron Shackleton in 1958. In Harold Wilson's government, he served as Minister of Defence for the RAF 1964-1967, Minister without Portfolio 1967-1968 and Paymaster General 1968. He was Leader of the House of Lords from 1968 to 1970, and subsequently Opposition Leader of the House of Lords.

From 1971, he was President of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1994 he became the Life President of the newly founded James Caird Society, named after the boat in which his explorer father & crew escaped Antarctica (itself, in turn, named for James Key Caird (1837-1916), jute baron and philanthropist).

Lord Shackleton was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, in which role he was deeply interested in the development of geography at Southampton. A portrait photograph of Lord Shackleton was unveiled by his daughter the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton in December 1997 in the university's Shackleton Building, which houses the Departments of Geography and Psychology.


Preceded by:
Hugh Charles Fraser
Secretary of State for Air
1964–1966
Succeeded by:
Office Abolished
Preceded by:
The Earl of Longford
Lord Privy Seal
1968
Succeeded by:
Fred Peart
Preceded by:
Vacant
Paymaster-General
1968
Succeeded by:
Judith Hart
Preceded by:
Fred Peart
Lord Privy Seal
1968–1970
Succeeded by:
The Earl Jellicoe
Preceded by:
The Earl of Longford
Leader of the House of Lords
1968–1970
Succeeded by:
The Earl Jellicoe

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