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Dr Ashok Achyut Patwardhan (b Nov 4, 1948) became the first Indian to spend two consecutive winters on the White Continent as the only doctor for the expedition team. He was part of the 32nd Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (ISEA) and stayed at Maitri Station (India’s permanent research station in Antarctica) from Nov 19, 2012 to Feb 1, 2014. He also joined the 33rd ISEA team and stayed at Maitri from Feb 25 - Dec 11, 2014.