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The Explorers Club Medal

The Explorers Club Medal, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Club, is awarded for extraordinary contributions directly in the field of exploration, scientific research, or to the welfare of humanity.

In order of election:
1914 - Adm. Robert E. Peary
1917 - William Curtis Farabee, Ph.D.
1918 - Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Ph.D.
1919 - Gen. Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon
1923 - Maj. Gen. Adolphus W. Greely
1925 - Capt. Lowell H. Smith
1926 - Knud Rasmussen, Ph.D.
1927 - Capt. Roald Amundsen
1927 - Capt. Robert A. Bartlett
1927 - Dr. Fridtjof Nansen
1929 - Brig. Gen. David L. Brainard
1932 - Roy Chapman Andrews, Sc.D.
1936 - Lt. Cdr. Lincoln Ellsworth
1937 - Adm. Richard E. Byrd
1940 - Sir Hubert Wilkins, MC & Bar
1950 - Isaiah Bowman, Ph.D.
1951 - Col. Bernt Balchen
1953 - James Chapin, Ph.D.
1953 - Adm. Donald B. MacMillan
1954 - Lord John Hunt
1954 - Dr. Auguste Piccard
1957 - Laurence McKinley Gould, Sc.D.
1959 - Sir Vivian Fuchs, FRS, Ph.D.  for the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition
1961 - President Herbert Hoover
1962 - Alexander Wetmore, Ph.D.
1963 - Dr. William H. Phelps, Jr.
1964 - Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Sc.D.
1965 - Gen. James H. Doolittle
1966 - Robert Cushman Murphy
1967 - Charles B. Hitchcock, Sc.D.
1968 - Capt. Finn Ronne
1968 - Lowell Thomas
1969 - William B.O. Field, Jr., Sc.D.
1970 - Capt. Julius M. Amberson, M.D.
1971 - Michael J. Leahy
1971 - Neil Armstrong, Col. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., USAF, D.Sc. & Maj. Gen. Michael Collins, USAF (Ret.) for NASA
1972 - Walter A. Wood, Sc.D.
1973 - Dr. Serge A. Korff
1974 - Roger Tory Peterson, Sc.D.
1975 - Junius B. Bird, Sc.D.
1976 - Edward M. Weyer, Jr., Ph.D.
1977 - Lewis N. Cotlow
1978 - Maj. Gen. Leigh Wade
1979 - Thor Heyerdahl, Ph.D.
1980 - Willard N. Bascom
1981 - Capt. Carl Von Hoffman, Ph.D.
1982 - Virgil Kauffman
1983 - Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE for Transglobe Expedition
1984 - H. Bradford Washburn, Jr., Ph.D.
1985 - Sir Wally Herbert, KBE
1986 - Sir Edmund P. Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE
1987 - Barry C. Bishop, Ph.D.
1988 - Gilbert M. Grosvenor for National Geographic Society
1989 – Dr. Mary Leakey for the Leakey Family
1990 - George B. Schaller, Ph.D.
1991 - William J. L. Sladen, Ph.D.
1992 - Prof. Heinrich Harrer
1993 - Jane Goodall, CBE, Ph.D.
1994 - James M. Fowler
1995 - Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D.
1996 - Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D.
1997 - Anna C. Roosevelt, Ph.D.
1998 - Prof. Ardito Desio
1999 - Norman D. Vaughan
2000 - The Piccard Family
2001 - Col. Joseph W. Kittinger, USAF (Ret.)
2001 - Don Walsh, Ph.D.
2002 - Johan Reinhard, Ph.D.
2003 - Steve Fossett
2004 - David K. Hempleman-Adams, LVO, OBE
2005 - Burt Rutan, Brian Binnie, and Michael Melvill for SpaceShipOne
2006 - J. Michael Fay, Ph.D.
2007 - Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D.
2008 - Eugenie Clark, Ph.D.
2009 - Lee M. Talbot, Ph.D.
2009 - Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D.
2010 - Donald C. Johanson, Ph.D.
2011 - Wade Davis, Ph.D.
2012 - Philip J. Currie, Ph.D.,
2012 - Alfred S. McLaren, Ph.D.
2013 - James Cameron
2014 - Walter H. Munk, Ph.D.

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