Milbry Polk - Author, Explorers Club Representative

Milbry Polk

Author, Explorers Club Representative

Milbry is a rower, author, lecturer, educator, and a board member of The Explorers Club. She’s a founder of the Young Explorers Program with Adventure Canada.

Milbry C. Polk (BA, honors) Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 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. She was Vice-Chair of the Conference on Affordable World Security. She is currently Curator of the World Exploration Summit at the United Nations.

Among her published works 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); editor, The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad; and Reviews and Contributing Editor of The Explorers Journal, 1998-the present. She co-founded Imagination Celebration, and wrote yearly curriculum for nine years for The Art of Exploration, a program for the Public Schools of Fort Worth, Texas.

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.

Milbry’s honors include: Capt. J-E Bernier Medal,Royal Canadian Geographic Society (2015), Anne Morrow LindberghAward (2011); Alumnae of the Year, Madeira School (2011), Environmental Leadership Award, Unity College; Womens' ENews “Leader of the 21st Century”, Who's Who, Women of the YearAward; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of The Explorers Club and Fellow of Wings WorldQuest. She is on the board of The Explorers Club, serves on numerous Advisory Boards. She served for ten years on the Board of Governors of the National Arts Club and was the subject of a CBS Sunday Morning feature that won the Gracie Award.