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Starting in 1936 the following explorers, arctic scientists and geographers have been honored:
- David Legge Brainard
Brigadier-General David Legge Brainard was an American arctic explorer and soldier.-Early life:Brainard was born in Norway, New York, the fifth son to Alanson Brainard and Maria C...
(1936). He was the first to receive an honorary membership.
- Richard Evelyn Byrd
Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., USN was a naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics...
- Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Vilhjalmur Stefansson was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist.-Early life:Stefansson, born William Stephenson, was born at Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, in 1879. His parents had emigrated from Iceland to Manitoba two years earlier...
- Lincoln Ellsworth
Lincoln Ellsworth was an arctic explorer from the United States.-Birth:He was born on May 12, 1880 to James Ellsworth and Eva Frances Butler in Chicago, Illinois...
- Frank Debenham
Frank Debenham, OBE was Emeritus Professor of Geography at the Cambridge University and first director of the Scott Polar Research Institute.-Biography:...
(1949). He died in 1965.
- Paul Allman Siple (1957). He died in 1968.
- Louise Arner Boyd (1959).
- Finn Ronne
Finn Ronne was a U.S. Antarctic explorer.-Background:Finn Ronne was born in Horten, in Vestfold county, Norway. His father, Martin Rønne , was a polar explorer and served in Roald Amundsen's successful expedition to the South Pole...
- Bernt Balchen
Bernt Balchen, , a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross was a Norwegian native, and later U.S. citizen, known as a pioneer polar aviator, navigator, aircraft mechanical engineer and military leader. His service in the U.S...
- Laurence McKinley Gould
Laurence McKinley "Larry" Gould was an American geologist, educator, and polar explorer.Gould was born in Lacota, Michigan on August 22, 1896. After completing high school in South Haven, Michigan in 1914, he went to Boca Raton, Florida and taught grades 1 to 8 in a one-room school for two years,...
- Thomas Charles Poulter (1973).
- Richard B. Black (1979). He died in 1992.
- Norman Dane Vaughan (1980).
- Lincoln A. Washburn (1981).
- Charles F. Passel (1982).
- Thomas H. Manning (1983).
- Conrad Shinn (1984).
- Graham Westbrook Rowley
Graham Westbrook Rowley CM, MBE was an arctic explorer.-Biography:He was born on October 31, 1912 in Manchester, England. He received his B.A. from Cambridge University in 1934 and his M.A. from the same institution in 1936. He was awarded the Massey Medal in 1963. He was made an honorary member...
- Waldo Kampmeier Lyon (1986)
- William Robert Anderson (1987)
- Joseph Otis Fletcher (1988)
- Norbert Untersteiner (1989)
- Max Brewer (1990).
- James Francis Calvert (1991)
- Martin Arthur Pomerantz (1992).
- James R. Reedy (1993).
- Beaumont Buck (1994).
- David C. Nutt (1995).
- Charles R. Bentley (1996).
- Wilford Frank Weeks (1997). He was born in 1929.
- Kenneth Utuayuk Toovak, Sr. (1998).
- Robert Hoxie Rutford
Robert Hoxie Rutford was a member of several United States Antarctic Program expeditions to Antarctica. He was the leader of the University of Minnesota Ellsworth Mountains Party, 1963–1964. Rutford served as Director of the Division of Polar Programs of the National Science Foundation from 1975...
- Anthony J. Gow (2004).
- James Van Allen
James Alfred Van Allen was an American space scientist at the University of Iowa.The Van Allen radiation belts were named after him, following the 1958 satellite missions in which Van Allen had argued that a Geiger counter should be used to detect charged particles.- Life and career :* September...