On this page: explorers, government officials, and a journalist.
On the previous page, persons in the arts and economists.
On the next page, mathemeticians, scientists, and sports figures.


Exploration

Polar Explorer, Lecturer
(1872-1928)
 

 

Led the first expedition to reach the South Pole (Dec. 14, 1911); evidence now suggests that his flight over the North Pole was the first, and that Byrd's claim to that distinction was false.

 

  Pilot, Soldier, Explorer
(1899-1973)
 

He was a member of Roald Amundsen's 1926 Arctic expedition, pilot on Admiral Richard Byrd's 1928 trans-Atlantic flight, and chief pilot for Byrd's first flight over the South Pole (1929).



Discoverer of America
(970?-1020?)
 

 

Led an expedition of about two dozen Vikings to the North American Continent nearly 500 years before the journeys of Columbus (who never set foot on that continent).

 

Author, Geographer, Biologist, Zoologist, Archeologist, Adventurer
(1914 - 2002)

Most famous of his archeogical expeditions was that in 1947 on the balsa raft, Kon-Tiki.

 

Author, Athlete, Oceanographer, Statesman
(1861-1930)
 

 

"Fram" -- meaning "forward" -- was the name of his ship and was the direction in which he tirelessly forged. Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize (1922). 


Government

  Lawyer, Former Politician
(1928 - )

Vice president of the United States (1977-81); presidential candidate (1984). Ambassador to Japan (1993-97). 



Politician, Jurist
(1891-1974)

    He aspired to be president of the United States; he wound up heading not the Executive Branch, but the Judicial Branch. During his tenure as chief justice, he stirred controversy and acquired detractors for pioneering decisions.


Journalism
 

News Broadcaster, Commentator
(1912-1992)
 

The most eloquent, perhaps the most respected, news analyst in the history of television.


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