The Hubbard Medal is awarded by the National Geographic Society for distinction in exploration, discovery, and research. The medal is named for Gardiner Greene Hubbard, first National Geographic Society president. It is made of gold and is traditionally presented by the President of the United States.
|1906||Robert Peary||polar explorer||Farthest north travel by a human.|
|1907||Roald Amundsen||polar explorer||First to transit the Northwest Passage.|
|1909||Robert Bartlett||polar explorer||Traveled the farthest to the North Pole.|
|1910||Sir Ernest Shackleton||polar explorer|
|1926||Richard E. Byrd||polar explorer/aviator||First flight over the North Pole.|
|1927||Charles Lindbergh||aviator||First solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean|
|1931||Roy Chapman Andrews||Gobi Desert explorer|
|1934||Anne Morrow Lindbergh||aviator||For serving as radio operator and copilot to her husband Charles on two flights in 1931 and 1933|
|1935||Captain Orvil Arson Anderson and Captain Albert William Stevens||aeronauts||Record setting ascent in balloon Explorer II.|
|1954||British Mount Everest Expedition||mountaineers||First ascent of Mount Everest.(group award) |
|1958||Paul Allen Siple||polar explorer||Veteran of several Antarctic expeditions.|
|1959||Adm. Arleigh Burke
Rear Adm. George J. Dufek
|US Navy||Establishing Antarctic science stations.|
|1962||John Glenn||astronaut||First American to orbit Earth.|
|1962||Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey||anthropologist|
|1963||Norman Dyhrenfurth and his team||mountaineers||First Americans to climb to the summit of Mount Everest|
|astronauts||First crewed flight to the Moon.|
|astronauts||For first crewed landing on the Moon.|
|astronauts||Awarded for first Space Shuttle flight.|
|1996||Robert Ballard||underwater explorer||Discovery of the wreck of the RMS Titanic|
|1999||Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones||balloonists|
|2000||Matthew Henson||polar explorer||Companion to first recipient Robert Peary. Awarded posthumously. (Not awarded at the time because of his race).|
|2010||Don Walsh||oceanographer||Bathyscaphe Trieste Dive|
|2012||Jacques Piccard||oceanographer||First Mariana Trench expedition|
E. O. Wilson
|Marine exploration |
|2015||George Schaller||biologist||for his unwavering commitment to the well-being of the world’s most endangered species|
|2017||Neil deGrasse Tyson||astrophysicist, author and science communicator|||
|2018||Peter H. Raven||Biologist and environmentalist|||
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- ^ First High-Altitude Photo Archived 2010-01-18 at the Wayback Machine
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- ^ "John F. Kennedy: Remarks Upon Presenting the Hubbard Medal to the Leader of the American Everest Expedition" .
- ^ "Hubbard Medal to Borman Crew" . Muncie Evening Press. Muncie, Indiana. UPI. April 4, 1969. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
- ^ "Agnew Gives Medals to Apollo 11 Crew" . La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse, Wisconsin. Associated Press. February 18, 1970. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
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- ^ "Robert Ballard, Ocean Explorer" . Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- ^ "Stealing the Glory, by Pam Fraser Solomon" .
- ^ Room, National Geographic Press (10 June 2015). "Virunga National Park Rangers to Accept National Geographic Explorers of the Year Honor – National Geographic Society Press Room" .
- ^ "Meave Leakey and Nainoa Thompson to Receive Hubbard Medal, National Geographic's Highest Honor" . 15 June 2016.
- ^ "High Honors". National Geographic. 232 (1): 152. July 2017.
- ^ "Hubbard Medal" . National Geographic Socity. Retrieved 5 February 2019.