Louise Boyd

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Louise Arner Boyd (born September 16, 1887 in San Rafael , California , † September 14, 1972 in San Francisco ) was an American polar explorer and Greenland explorer .

life and work

She came from a wealthy family and inherited the fortune in 1920. In 1928, she financed and led an expedition that went in search of Roald Amundsen , who himself was missing while searching for Umberto Nobile and his airship Italia . She sailed 16,100 km over arctic waters, but did not find Amundsen either. For her work, however, she subsequently received the Chevalier Cross of the Order of Saint Olav by the Norwegian government.

In 1931, 1933, 1937, 1938 and 1941 she undertook five research trips to Greenland . During the Second World War from 1942 to 1943 she worked for the US Department of War.

In 1955, at the age of 68, she became the first woman to fly over the North Pole .


  • The Fiord Region of East Greenland (1935)
  • The Coast of Northeast Greenland (1948)


An area around the De Geer Glacier in Greenland is now called Louise Boyd Land . On the island northeast country in Spitsbergen -Archipel the mountain is Boydfjellet by Louise Boyd named.