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RICS 150

5 DEC 2018

Norman Leppard: Antarctic surveying

Norman Leppard was best known for his services to the British surveying community in the mid to late 20th century.

He worked with Her Majesty's Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and Military Survey, before becoming a surveyor with the Falkland Islands Dependency Surveys in 1953. The Falkland Islands Dependency Surveys was the forerunner of the British Antarctic Survey, which took him to the Antarctic for several seasons.

As a result of his significant contribution, the Leppard Glacier in Graham Land was named after him and he was awarded the Polar Medal in 1958.

Norman re-joined Military Survey for the next 30 years and was involved in a number of military geodesy projects, including the production and worldwide distribution of maps, charts, positioning data and digital data for strategic and tactical military operations and weapon systems. This period saw the introduction of revolutionary new technology to military geodesy.

While in the Military Survey, Norman also made contributions to the Falklands War, the African Doppler Survey and the Gulf War. Norman was awarded the Imperial Service Order (ISO) in 1988 and retired from the MOD in 1992 having gained respect and affection from all those who worked with him.

He also made a considerable contribution to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a member of the Land and Hydrographic Divisional Council and as a member of the inter-divisional committee on the assessment of professional competence.