National Geographic : 1953 Apr
564 The ational Geographic Magazine Hubbard Medal I Named for The Society's Fir t President, Gardiner Greene Hubbard This new gold Hubbard Medal, pre ented to Commander MacMillan, was designed by the noted scu lptress Laura Gardin Fra er. It i 30 inches in diameter. On one ide is the seal of the National Geographic Sod ty. On the reverse appear land, ea, and ky, races of man, animals, bird , and sea creatures. In clockwise order from top appear an eagle, before a un ri ing from mountains, with planets and moon in the background; an American Indian, bi on, llama, and camel. Beside the Southern Hemisphere tands Western man, engaged in the agriculture that u tains him; then a lion, elephant, sea lion, and pronghorn antelope. Above the Ea tern Hemisphere a ship of discovery sails a sea from which fishes jump; then come a kangaroo, crocodile, rhinoceros, and bear. ext is shown the Northern Hemisphere, be ide Asiatic man in his rice field; then a tiger, giraffe, and wapiti. Completing the circle is African man, prepared for the hunt. the future explorer re cued three women and three men from drowning in a co Bay, Maine, after their ailboat overturned, and how this started him upon hi career of ex- ploration. The exploit attracted the atten- tion of Robert E. Peary. 'A few months later, MacMillan was cross- ing the Arctic ircle, a trusted and important member of Peary's expedition which dis- covered the orth Pole on pril 6, 1909. Macl\1illan returned again and again to the Far orth as the leader of his own expedi- tion , usually on the Bowdoin, an 88-foot auxiliary schooner built by MacMillan's friends for his use. . . . ' ' ommander MacMillan and the National Geographic ociety have the great pride of having introduced to Arctic exploration that gallant Virginia gentleman and American ideal of a hero, Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd." Admiral Byrd, who received the Hubbard Medal in 1926 , recalled that the Arctic was long regarded as a no man's land and a bar- rier against attack. Now, he ob erved, it is recognized instead as "a corridor from which our potential enemy could attack us." "The man," he said, who has shown us most about the truth of that area ... i om- mander l\1acl\1illan, ' thanks to his 29 expedi- tion into the Far orth. Admiral Byrd and Dr. Gro venor also paid tribute to the l\1acl\1illans for their humani- tarian work among the Eskimos. Through the MacMillan-Moravian E kimo chool at Nain, Labrador, more than 500 Eskimo boys and girls have received educations. In accepting the medal, Commander Mac- Millan recalled led ing out over the rough ice of the polar sea" with Peary, of living with the E kimos for four years and for three of those years knowing nothing of the outbreak of the first World \Var , of going back and living with the E kimo again and again. "And so the years have gone by. But all that work I did, if it might be called work, was not done with hopes of reward or honor. Just the con ciou ness of the fact that I was adding something, perhap a tiny bit, to the sum total of human knowledge-that was my compensation; that was my reward." As the 15th winner of The Society's highest honor, Commander MacMillan joined a di tin- gui hed roll headed by Robert E. Peary in 1906 and including such notable explorers as Capt. Roald Amund en, ir Ernest hackle- ton, and Admiral Byrd.