RUNNER UP: Captain Robert Falcon Scott
THE Antarctic explorer and Royal Navy captain was born in 1868 near Devonport to a military family.
Scott gained notoriety for leading two expeditions to the Antarctic in an attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole.
The captain died during the failed second trip – the Terra Nova Expedition – in 1912 after reaching the most southerly point only to find that he had been beaten there by Norweigian explorer Roald Amundsen.
Scott perished in the 800-mile trek back.
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The Devonport man became a British legend for his heroic attempts to reach the South Pole.
He was later criticised for his part in the Terra Nova's failure, although modern scholarship indicates he may not have been to blame.