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The Lowell Thomas Award


The Lowell Thomas Award was awarded for the first time on the occasion of the Club’s 75th anniversary, October 17, 1980, by Club President Charles F. Brush. On special occasions this award is presented by the President of The Explorers Club to groups of outstanding explorers. The achievements of each individual recipient contribute special distinction to the other recipients.


General Exploration: The First Lowells

——  1980


Kris Anderson
Maxie Anderson
Isaac Asimov
Sylvia A. Earle
Edgar D. Mitchell
Dan Rather
J. Louis Reynolds
Carl Sagan
Henry W. Taft
Lowell Thomas


Deepwater Exploration

——  1986


Robert D. Ballard
George F. Bass
Eugenie Clark
Clive E. Cussler
Andre Galerne
Peter R. Gimbel
Ian G. Koblick
Emory K. Kristof
R. Duncan Mathewson, III
Jean-Louis Michel
Dimitri Rebikoff
Don Walsh


Space Exploration

——  1989


Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr.
M. Scott Carpenter
Michael Collins
Charles (Pete) Conrad, Jr.
James A. Lovell
Walter M. Schirra, Jr.
Kathryn D. Sullivan


Arctic Submarine Exploration

——  1997


Capt. William R. Anderson
VADM James Calvert
Waldo K. Lyon
John H. Nicholson
George P. Steele


Balloon Exploration

——  March 1999


Donald Cameron
Brian Jones
Bertrand Piccard


Pioneering Women of Space

——  December 1999


Mary L. Cleave
Bonnie J. Dunbar
Mae C. Jemison
Tamara E. Jernigan
M. Rhea Seddon
Kathryn D. Sullivan
Kathryn R.C. Thornton


Ocean Exploration

——  2000


Rita R. Colwell
Jean-Michel Cousteau
David Doubilet
Evelyn J. Fields
Alfred Scott McLaren
Theophil “Phil” Nuytten
Sir John Rawlins
Andreas B. Rechnitzer
Anatoly Sagalevitch
Lawrence A. Shumaker
Edward B. “Teddy” Tucker
Ralph B. White


Mountaineering

——  2001


Sir Edmund P. Hillary
Edward Viesturs
Barbara Washburn
H. Bradford Washburn, Jr.
Krzysztof S. Wielicki


The Storytellers

——  2002


Wade Davis
Jerri L. Nielsen
Chris Rainier
Simon Winchester


The Future of Exploration: A Global Challenge

——  2003


Brent Bishop
Bjørn Heyerdahl
Peter E. Hillary
Louise Leakey
Scott Lindgren
David Stuart


Champions of Conservation

——  2004


William A. Burnham
Gary C. Comer
Stefanie Powers
Alan Rabinowitz
Edward O. Wilson


Digging Into the Past to Benefit the Future

——  2005


Larry D. Agenbroad
Barry L. Clifford
Michael J. Novacek
Richard B. Potts
Patricia Sutherland


Discoveries in the Treetops

——  2006


M. Soubadra Devy
Francis Hallé
Margaret D. Lowman
Mark W. Moffett
Brian A. Rosborough


Exploring Climate Change

——  2007


Richard A. Feely
W. Berry Lyons
Paul A. Mayewski
Julie M. Palais
Adam Ravetch
Sarah Robertson
Susan Solomon
William R. Steger


Exploring Earth From Above

——  2008


William A. Anders
Leroy Chiao
John King & Martha R. King
Scott E. Parazynski
Dick H. Smith
Charles E. Yeager


Exploring Risk

——  2009


Bob A. Barth
Yvon Chouinard
Kenneth M. Kamler
Arthur D. Mortvedt
James M. Williams
Richard B. Wilson


Exploring Extinction

——  2010


Carol A. Beckwith
Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
Angela M. Fisher
John N. Hare
Curt S. Jenner
Micheline-Nicole M. Jenner
Peter C. Keller
Ian B. G. Mackenzie
Laurie L. Marker
Nancy L. Sullivan


Exploring the World’s Greatest Mysteries

——  2011


Claudio P. Cristino
Edmundo R. Edwards
Thomas E. Levy
Albert Yu-Min Lin
Brent S. Stewart
William C. Stone
Patricia Vargas
Kenneth R. Wright
Ruth M. Wright


Mindfulness: the Ultimate Tool in Exploration

——  2012


Sir David Attenborough
David Hempleman-Adams
William Thomas
Scott Wallace


Justice: Field Exploration as a Splendid Exchange

——  2013


S. Allen Counter
Lale Lubuko and John Rowe
Enric Sala
Martha Talbot
Ted Turner

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