National Geographic : 1957 Dec
Medal Traces the Prince's Globe-girdling Tour Created by sculptor Felix W. deWeldon, The Society's special gold medal bears Prince Philip's profile on the face. Reverse carries Philip's crest (top) and follows his route across Africa and aboard the royal yacht Britannia (bottom). Seal, penguin, whales, and sailing canoe mark high spots of the voyage. Five linked rings below Australia symbolize the 1956 Olympic Games, which the Prince opened in Melbourne. The relief map also traces Philip's 9,000-mile tour of Canada in 1954. The 4-inch medal of 24-karat gold weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces. zing Norkey, and the in scription read: "Extraor dinary courage and skill and outstanding service to geography in the trium phant conquest of Earth's highest mountain, May 29, 1953." Following are the other distinguished men-and one woman-to whom Na tional Geographic medals have been presented by Presidents: Sir Ernest H. Shackle ton, for Antarctic explora tions, by President Taft, 1910. Col. George W. Goe thals, USA, "to whose ability and patriotism the world owes the construc tion of the Panama Canal," by President Wil son, 1914. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd, Jr., USN, and Floyd Bennett, for first reaching the North Pole by air plane, by President Coo lidge, 1926. Col. Charles A. Lind bergh, for his solitary flight from New York to Paris, by President Coo lidge, 1927. Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd, USN, for first reach ing the South Pole by air, by President Hoover, 1930. Amelia Earhart, first woman to achieve a solo transatlantic flight, by President Hoover, 1932. Lincoln Ellsworth, for Arctic and Antarctic ex plorations, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936. Gen. H. H. Arnold, for "distinguished contribu tions to the science and development of aviation," by President Truman, 1945.