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The Hubbard Medal is awarded by the National Geographic Society for distinction in exploration, discovery, and research. The medal is named for Gardiner Greene Hubbard, first National Geographic Society president.
|1906||Robert Peary||polar explorer||Farthest north travel by a human.|
|1907||Roald Amundsen||polar explorer||First to transit the Northwest Passage.|
|1909||Robert Bartlett||polar explorer|
|1910||Sir Ernest Shackleton||polar explorer|
|1926||Richard E. Byrd||polar explorer/aviator||First flight over the North Pole.|
|1927||Charles Lindbergh||aviator||First solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean|
|1931||Roy Chapman Andrews||Gobi Desert explorer|
|1934||Anne Morrow Lindbergh||aviator||For serving as radio operator and copilot to her husband Charles on two flights in 1931 and 1933|
|1935||Captain Orvil Arson Anderson and Captain Albert William Stevens||aeronauts||Record setting ascent in balloon Explorer II.|
|1954||British Mount Everest Expedition||mountaineers||First ascent of Mount Everest.(group award) |
|1958||Paul Allen Siple||polar explorer||Veteran of several Antarctic expeditions.|
|1959||Adm. Arleigh Burke
Rear Adm. George J. Dufek
|US Navy||Establishing Antarctic science stations.|
|1962||John Glenn||astronaut||First American to orbit Earth.|
|1962||Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey||anthropologist|
|1963||Norman Dyhrenfurth and his team||mountaineers||First Americans to climb to the summit of Mount Everest|
|astronauts||First flight to the Moon.|
|astronauts||For first landing on the Moon.|
|astronauts||Awarded for first Space Shuttle flight.|
|1996||Robert Ballard||underwater explorer||Discovery of the wreck of the RMS Titanic|
|1999||Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones||balloonists|
|2000||Matthew Henson||polar explorer||Companion to first recipient Robert Peary. Awarded posthumously. (Not awarded at the time because of his race).|
|2010||Don Walsh||oceanographer||Bathyscaphe Trieste Dive|
|2012||Jacques Piccard||oceanographer||First Mariana Trench expedition|
E. O. Wilson
|2015||George Schaller||biologist||for his unwavering commitment to the well-being of the world’s most endangered species|
- National Geographic Society Hubbard Medal, Captain Orvil Anderson
- First High-Altitude Photo
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