By (author) Capelotti, P. J.
Benjamin Leigh Smith discovered and named dozens of islands in the Arctic but published no account of his pioneering explorations. He refused public accolades and sent stand-ins to deliver the results of his work to scientific societies. Yet, the Royal Geographic Society's Sir Clements R Markham referred to him as a polar explorer of the first rank. Travelling to the Arctic islands that Leigh Smith explored and criss-crossing England to uncover unpublished journals, diaries, and photographs, archaeologist and writer P J Capelotti details Leigh Smith's five major Arctic expeditions and places them within the context of the great polar explorations in the nineteenth century.