Robert E. Peary

Robert Edwin Peary (1856-1920) was one of the most lionized—and controversial—figures in the history of polar exploration. Veteran of some eight expeditions to the Arctic, and the man who finally determined that Greenland was an island, Peary claimed to have reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909. That claim has been disputed but never disproven. His collection of historic photographs made during his expeditions are now in the Society’s archives.

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