Louise Boyd (Explorer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Louise Arner Boyd

Louise Arner Boyd was an American explorer of Greenland and the Arctic, who wrote extensively of her explorations, and in 1955 became the first woman to fly over the North Pole privately chartering a DC-4 and crew that included aviation pioneer Thor Solberg.

Born: September 16, 1887, San Rafael, California
Died: September 14, 1972, San Francisco, California
Nationality: American
Known for: First woman to fly over the North Pole.

About Louise Boyd

American explorer who, in 1955, became the first woman ever to fly over the North Pole. She is remembered for her books detailing her many scientific expeditions, including 1935’s The Fiord Region of East Greenland and 1948’s The Coast of Northeast Greenland.

Before Fame

She inherited her family’s fortune following her parents’ deaths in 1920, using her new-found wealth to travel the world.


She broke down gender barriers of the time by becoming the first woman to be elected to the Board of the American Geographical Society.

Family Life

Her parents were John Franklin Boyd and Louise Cook Arner. She had two brothers who died when she was a teenager.


She led an expedition in search of missing fellow explorer Roald Amundsen in 1928.

Information related to Louise Arner Boyd

  • American Polar Society honorary members
  • Female travelers
  • Recipients of the Cullum Geographical Medal
  • Female polar explorers
  • American travel writers
  • American explorers
  • Explorers of the Arctic
  • Writers from San Francisco
  • 20th-century American photographers

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Latest information about Louise Boyd updated on September 13, 2020.

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