LOUISE ARNER BOYD #100travelHERS
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Birth: September 16, 1887; San Rafael, California
Death: September 14, 1972; San Francisco, California
Occupation: Arctic explorer, author
Notable journeys: In 1924, visited Norway’s polar ice pack and was inspired by the Arctic. In 1926, chartered a ship and sailed north, earning the media nickname “Arctic Diana.” In 1928, attempted to rescue missing explorer Roald Amundsen and received several awards for her journey. In the 1930s, led a series of scientific expeditions along the east and north coasts of Greenland. Contributed to secret missions by the U.S. Army during WWII. In 1955, became the first woman to fly over the North Pole.
Notable work: The Fiord Regions of East Greenland; Polish Countrysides; The Coast of Northeast Greenland, with hydrographic studies in the Greenland Sea
Quote: “Far north, hidden behind grim barriers of pack ice, are lands that hold one spellbound. Gigantic imaginary gates, with hinges set in the horizon, seem to guard these lands. Slowly the gates swing open, and one enters another world where men are insignificant amid the awesome immensity of lonely mountains, fiords, and glaciers. Five times have the gates opened for me. May they do so many times again!”