The American Polar Society was founded in 1934 by August Howard.
Starting in 1936 the following explorers, arctic scientists and geographers have been honored:
- David Legge Brainard (1936). He was the first to receive an honorary membership.
- Richard Evelyn Byrd (1938).
- Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1940).
- Lincoln Ellsworth (1944).
- Frank Debenham (1949). He died in 1965.
- Paul Allman Siple (1957). He died in 1968.
- Louise Arner Boyd (1959).
- Finn Ronne (1960).
- Bernt Balchen (1966).
- Laurence McKinley Gould (1969).
- Thomas Charles Poulter (1973).
- Richard B. Black (1979). He died in 1992.
- Norman Dane Vaughan (1980).
- Lincoln A. Washburn (1981).
- Charles F. Passel (1982).
- Thomas H. Manning (1983).
- Conrad Shinn (1984).
- Graham Westbrook Rowley (1985).
- Waldo Kampmeier Lyon (1986)
- William Robert Anderson (1987)
- Joseph Otis Fletcher (1988)
- Norbert Untersteiner (1989)
- Max C. Brewer (1990).
- James Francis Calvert (1991)
- Martin Arthur Pomerantz (1992).
- James R. Reedy (1993).
- Beaumont Buck (1994).
- David C. Nutt (1995).
- Charles R. Bentley (1996).
- Wilford Frank Weeks (1997). He was born in 1929.
- Kenneth Utuayuk Toovak (1998).
- Robert Hoxie Rutford (1998).
- Anthony J. Gow (2004).
- James Van Allen (2006).
- Susan Solomon (2013).
- ^ Malcolm Wilde Browne (December 7, 1988). "August Howard, 78, Organizer Of a Society for Polar Explorers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
August Howard, founder of the American Polar Society and the editor of a newsletter for polar explorers and researchers, died of heart disease Sunday. He was 78 years old and lived in Rego Park, Queens. ...
- ^ a b "American Polar Society". Retrieved 2011-11-02.
- ^ "American Polar Society". Ohio State University. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
In a letter of July 31, 1934, August Howard proposed the creation of a privately funded organization that would serve as a clearinghouse of information about Antarctica. He noted that public interest was at a fever pitch and there was the likelihood of financial support from the Columbia Broadcasting System, Paramount, and The New York Times. A special polar library, to house information about Antarctica, could be created in either the American Geographical Society or in the American Museum of Natural History. ... On November 29, 1934, notice of the organization of the American Antarctic Society was mailed to potential members. The American Museum of Natural History offered space for meetings and a mailing address. By January 1, 1935, there were twenty-five members. A few months later, Fred Meinholtz of The New York Times proposed to change the name from the American Antarctic Society to the American Polar Society. ...
- ^ Honorary Members. American Polar Society. 1993. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
There are now 32 Honorary Members in the Society; that is an average of one every two years since 1934 when we were ... The American Polar Society was founded Nov. 29, 1934, to band together all persons interested in polar ...
- ^ "Gen. Brainard Honored. Last Survivor of Greely Expedition Enrolled in Polar Society at 80". The New York Times. December 22, 1936. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
Brig. Gen. David L. Brainard, retired, last survivor of General Greely's Arctic Expedition of 1881-84, celebrated his eightieth birthday here today and became the first honorary member of the American Polar Society.
- ^ "Byrd Honored". The Christian Science Monitor. October 26, 1938. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
A scroll of honorary the American Polar Society to Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd ... This is the second time such honorary membership has been . ...
- ^ "Stefansson Receives Honor By American Polar Society". The Christian Science Monitor. February 5, 1940. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
Dr. Vilhjalmur Stefansson, veteran Arctic explorer and author has been unanimously voted in as the third Honorary Member of the American Polar Society by its executive board. He will be presented with an illuminated scroll emblematic of...
- ^ "Commander Ellsworth Honored". The New York Times. November 30, 1944. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
Lincoln Ellsworth, USNR, as the fourth honorary member of the American Polar Society was announced yesterday by Russell J. Walrath, society president. ...
- ^ "Woman Is Honored For Arctic Ventures". The New York Times. June 7, 1959. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
Miss Louise A. Boyd of San Francisco, became the first woman to attain honorary membership in the American Polar Society. She has led eight Arctic expeditions, ...