Gilbert M. Grosvenor
Gilbert M. Grosvenor
|Born||May 5, 1931|
Washington, D.C., United States
|Alma mater||Yale College, Class of 1954|
|Occupation||Chairman Emeritus, National Geographic Society|
(m. 1961, divorced)
Mary Helen Wiley Jarman
|Parent(s)||Melville Bell Grosvenor, Helen Grosvenor (née Rowland)|
|Relatives||Alexander Graham Bell Grosvenor, brother Alexander Graham Bell, great-grandfather|
|Awards||Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005)|
Gilbert Melville Grosvenor (born May 5, 1931) is the former president and chairman of the National Geographic Society, who previously served as the editor of National Geographic magazine. Now largely retired, Mr. Grosvenor and his wife Wiley live in Virginia. 
Born in Washington, D.C., Grosvenor is the son of Melville Bell Grosvenor and the great-grandson of Alexander Graham Bell. He received a B.A. in psychology from Yale University in 1954. Between his junior and senior years, he volunteered in the Netherlands in efforts to recover from the North Sea flood of 1953 and co-authored an article that was published in the National Geographic. "Although I'm not sure I realized it at the time, it changed my life," Grosvenor recently recalled. "I discovered the power of journalism. And that's what we are all about—recording those chronicles of planet Earth." He subsequently joined the staff of the magazine as a picture editor.
In 1970, Grosvenor assumed the position of editor of National Geographic Magazine. He served as editor until 1980, when he became president of the National Geographic Society, additionally becoming chairman of the board of trustees (on which he served from 1966 to 2014) in 1987. He retired as president in 1996 and chairman in 2011, since which time he has served as an honorary director of The Explorers Club.
- "The Water Crisis," Huffington Post
- "Bali of the Back Roads," National Geographic Magazine, November, 1969.
- Lanken, Dane. "The bee in Grosvenor's bonnet", Canadian Geographic, Vol. 116.6, November–December 1996: pp. 95-96.
- "Interview of Gilbert M. Grosvenor". The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education.
- "Why National Geographic Is a Family Affair". NationalGeographic.com. February 15, 2015.
- Royal Scottish Geographical Society Awards and Medals Archived February 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "The Water Crisis". Huffington Post.
|Non-profit organization positions|
Robert E. Doyle
| President of the National Geographic Society
March 1980 – 1996
J. Reginald Murphy