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Milbry Polk Wins Sweeney Medal - ECAD 2019

We are proud to announce Milbry Polk FR’95 as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Sweeney Medal. Awarded annually to a Club Member in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to the welfare and objectives of The Explorers Club, she joins the incredible legacy of the eponymous President Edward C. Sweeney (1968).

Milbry C. Polk has served the Club as an elected Member of the Board of Directors since 2016, co-chaired multiple Annual Dinners, served as Reviews and Contributing Editor of The Explorers Journal since 1998, co-chaired multiple committees, and co-organized multiple successful Club events and programs, including our Polar Film Festival and our Young Explorers Grant program. 

Milbry’s commitment to service extends beyond The Explorers Club. In 2015, she was recognized by our friends at the RCGS with their Capt. J-E Bernier Medal for having “enhanced or aided the Society in fulfilling its mandate.“Outside of the Club, she has lectured in more 150 schools, universities and public affairs organizations. She co-founded and was executive director of Wings WorldQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women at the leading edge of science and discovery.  She also founded and directed programs for the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the American Indian. 

Polk is also a prolific author - among her writings are Women of Discovery (Library Journal award Best Books of 2001 and School Library Journal, Best Books); Egyptian Mummies (Margaret A. Edwards Award best books); and more.

As a field explorer, Milbry has led or participated in expeditions to Prince William Sound, Alaska; the Western Desert of Egypt (National Geographic); Yemen; Southern Sudan; Saudi Arabia; Iran; Pakistan; John River, Alaska; Nepal; Brazilian coast; Greenland; Baffin Island; Devon Island; India (American Museum of Natural History); Chinese Tibet; NW Greenland, and the Andaman Sea. 

Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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