Robert E. Peary, 1856 ? 1920

Robert E. Peary

Courtesy of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College

  • Known For: Explorer; Claimed to be first to reach geographic North Pole
  • Maine Connection: Raised in Portland, Maine; graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine


Selected Books by Robert E. Peary

  • The North Pole, Its Discovery in 1909 Under the Auspices of the Peary Arctic Club by Robert E. Peary, 1910.
  • Northward Over the “Great Ice”: a Narrative of Live and Work Along the Shores and Upon the Interior Ice-Cap of Northern Greenland in the Years 1886 and 1891-1897 by Robert E. Peary, c1898.

Selected books about Robert E. Peary

  • True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole by Bruce Henderson, c2005.
  • Icemen by Mick Conefrey, c1998.
  • Cook & Peary: the Polar Controversy, Resolved by Robert M. Bryce, c1997.
  • Robert E. Peary and the fight for the North Pole by Madelyn Klein Anderson, c1992.
  • Peary: The Explorer and the Man; Based on his Personal Papers by John Edwards Weems, 1967.

Selected Books for Young Adults and Children

  • The Race for the North Pole and Robert Peary in World History by Karen Clemens Warrick, c2003.
  • Robert Peary and the Quest for the North Pole by Christopher Dwyer, c2000.

Selected Websites