Operation Deep Freeze, 1955-1956

Operation Deep Freeze I took place in 1955-1956 during a moment of Cold War period intensification for international scientific rivalries, but also rare cooperation in the Antarctic context.  Led by Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, the expedition conducted preparations for the US role in the 1957 International Geophysical Year while examining areas for potential US research bases.  Dr. Austin served as a US Air Force scientific observer with the US Navy, and also researched Adelie penguins and other wildlife during his tour.


Dr. Oliver L. Austin, Jr.