The Explorers Club
The Explorers Club is an American-based professional society dedicated to scientific exploration of Earth, its oceans, and outer space. Founded in 1904 in New York City, it currently has 30 chapters worldwide. In addition to sponsoring expeditions and lectures, the Explorers Club is known for their adventurous, exotic cuisine served at their banquets.
Many of the founders of the Explorers Club had experience in the Arctic including Adolphus Greely and David Brainard, survivors of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, and Frederick Cook. Others, such as Carl Sofus Lumholtz and Marshall Howard Saville, explored the tropics. The club first allowed women to join in 1981. Famous members of the club have included L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Peary, Matthew Henson, Roald Amundsen, Richard E. Byrd, Lowell Thomas, Edmund Hillary, Gene Roddenberry and Neil Armstrong. Famous honorary members have included Theodore Roosevelt, Prince Albert I of Monaco, Charles Peter Berkey and Roy Chapman Andrews.
The Explorers Club awards an annual medal to honor extraordinary contributions to the fields of exploration and scientific research or to the welfare of humanity. Explorers Club Medal recipients include Herbert Hoover, Thor Heyerdahl, and E. O. Wilson among many other explorers and scientists.
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