Biography: John Geiger

Bestselling author and CEO of Canadian Geographic

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About John Geiger

John Geiger is the bestselling author of Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus, The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible, and five other books of non-fiction, including the international bestseller Frozen In Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition. He also authored, with Dr Peter Suedfeld, the scholarly study, ‘The Sensed Presence as a Coping Resource in Extreme Environments.’ His work has been translated into thirteen languages.

john_geigerHe has lectured widely, including presenting talks at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine/University of London; the Edinburgh International Book Festival; the Vancouver Maritime Museum; the Explorers Club, New York; the National Arts Club; and the Travellers Club. He was a presenter at the 2009 ideaCity conference and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas, and delivered the 2014 Amundsen Memorial Lecture in Oslo.

His documentary film appearances include Channel 4 (UK), and PBS NOVA (US) in “Arctic Passage”, BBC4 in “Wilderness Explored: Arctic”, The Discovery Channel (US) in “Islands of Mystery: Dead Silence”, on Bravo! (Canada) in “FLicKeR”, the National Geographic Channel documentary “The Angel Effect” and PBS NOVA (US), Channel 4 (UK) and CBC The Nature of Things (Canada) in “Arctic Ghost Ship/Franklin’s Lost Ships”.

Geiger was born in Ithaca, New York, to Canadian parents, and studied history at the University of Alberta. Formerly Editorial Board Editor at The Globe and Mail, he is Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic Enterprises, and is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. He received Canada’s Polar Medal.

Franklin’s Lost Ship

The greatest mystery in all of exploration is the fate of the 1845–1848 British Arctic Expedition commanded by Sir John Franklin. All 129 crewmen died, and the two ships seemingly vanished without a trace. Now, one of Franklin’s lost ships has been found. During the summer of 2014, the Victoria Strait Expedition, the largest effort to find the ships since the 1850s, was led by Parks Canada in partnership with the Arctic Research Foundation, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and other public and private partners.

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