The authorsWe have enjoyed 8 years researching and writing this biography, delving
into archives in Cambridge and London, interviewing Brian Roberts’ surviving contemporaries, discussing
with experts the legal and political aspects of his Foreign Office work, and visiting the Arctic and
Antarctic several times.
June is the niece of Brian Roberts, and grew up knowing her 'awesome uncle' until his
untimely death when she was 27. Sharing many of his interests she inherited his non-polar photographic
archive: a wealth of early plate glass photographs taken by Brian and his father Charles, going back to the
beginning of the 20th century. Both were excellent photographers, and many of their pictures are
reproduced in this biography
With a degree in geology,
geography and archaeology June holds a lifelong passion for the natural world and wildlife. Her
career began in museums, and following a break to bring up her family she developed a teaching
programme 'Hands on History' taking a carload of artefacts and activities into the primary school
classroom. She is a baroque violinist and enjoys historical research whether into food, costume or music.
June is normally known as June Emmerson and is married to her co-author Steve. All the maps and
line drawings in the book have been created by her.
Dr Steve Heavens is a semi-retired scientist, whose professional life has been involved mainly
in electrical energy storage. In 1995 with a few colleagues he started the company Ionotec, specialising
in advanced battery development. A player of the viola da gamba, he has researched and
performed music of the 16th and 17th centuries, through which he gained much experience in historical
scholarship. In 2016 he published and article in Polar
Brian Roberts and the origins of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty”, which is reproduced substantially in one of the
chapters of the book.
To contact the authors please write to steveheavens1 at gmail dot com.