Josephine Diebitsch Peary studio portrait in 1892, following her expedition to Greenland
Josephine Cecilia Diebitsch Peary (May 22, 1863 – December 19, 1955) was an American author and arctic explorer.
She was born as Josephine Cecilia Diebitsch in Forestville, Maryland on May 22, 1863 to a linguist at the Smithsonian Institution. She had a brother, Emil Diebitsch who would later become the Mayor of Nutley, New Jersey. In 1888 she married Arctic explorer Robert Peary, whom she often accompanied on his northern travels, recording her experiences in a series of books including My Arctic Journal and The Snow Baby. She died on December 19, 1955, only a few months after having been granted the National Geographic Society's highest honor, the Medal of Achievement, for her Arctic accomplishments.
- ^ "Josephine Diebitsch Peary". Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
- ^ a b "Mrs. Peary Is Dead At 92". Baltimore Sun. December 20, 1955. Retrieved 2010-12-19. "Mrs. Josephine Diebitsch Peary, 92, widow of the American naval officer who discovered the North Pole in 1909, and an Arctic explorer in her own right, died today."
- ^ "Peary's Discovery of Pole Celebrated. His Widow Is Among Guests at a Dinner Party". New York Times. April 7, 1939. Retrieved 2011-11-01. "Mrs. Peary was accompanied by her brother, Emil Diebitsch, with whom she lives in Nutley, NJ ..."
- ^ "Woman Arctic Explorer Dies. Widow Of Famed Explorer Ventured Into Far North". The Bulletin. December 20, 1955. Retrieved 2010-12-19. "Mrs Josephine Diebitsch Peary, 92-year-old widow of the American naval officer who discovered the North Pole in 1909 died at Port land, Maine, yesterday. ..."
- ^ "Josephine Diebitsch Peary Collection, 1861-2003, University of New England, Maine Women Writers Collection". Retrieved 2012-03-15. "On May 6, 1955, Josephine was awarded the National Geographic Society's highest honor, their Medal of Achievement. This solid-gold, custom-designed award is one that very few women have ever received."