Louise Boyd

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Birthday
16, 1887
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Sep 14, 1972 (84)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
16, 1887
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Sep 14, 1972 (84)

About

American explorer who, in 1955, became the first woman ever to fly over the North Pole. She is remembered for her books detailing her many scientific expeditions, including 1935's The Fiord Region of East Greenland and 1948's The Coast of Northeast Greenland.

Before Fame

She inherited her family's fortune following her parents' deaths in 1920, using her new-found wealth to travel the world.

Trivia

She broke down gender barriers of the time by becoming the first woman to be elected to the Board of the American Geographical Society.

Family Life

Her parents were John Franklin Boyd and Louise Cook Arner. She had two brothers who died when she was a teenager.

Associated With

She led an expedition in search of missing fellow explorer Roald Amundsen in 1928.