Robert Edwin Peary

 - American Arctic explorer and Naval officer -

( 1856 - 1920 )

* List of the stories he appears in :
- D 93288 : "The Empire-Builder from Calisota" (Lo$#11), from 1994, by Don Rosa.


* His biography :
     Robert Edwin Peary was born in Cresson, Pennsylvania, on May 6, 1856 and grew up in Maine. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1877. He was appointed a Civil Engineer, United States Navy, in 1881 and progressed through the ranks to Rear Admiral, in 1911.
   Peary led many expeditions in Nicaragua, Greenland, and Arctic, often accompagnied by his wife, Josephine Diebitsch Peary. In 1909, him, Matthew A. Henson, and four Eskimos were the first people to reach the North Pole (although Frederick A. Cook later claimed to have reached the North Pole before him, in April 1908, which was a lie). He wrote many articles and books about the Polar regions.
   He died in Washington, DC, on February 20, 1920.
   He was awarded a Congressional medal in 1944 for his polar expedition.

* His place in the Barks/Rosa stories universe :
     In, "The Empire-Builder from Calisota", Scrooge mets Peary in the Polar region, in 1909, shortly before he reached North Pole, and tells him he wants to finance his North Pole expedition because he wants to buy it so that people will pay to use a compass and send letters to Santa Claus. Peary disagrees and tells him to beat it. Then, leaving Peary, Scrooge receives a telegram from the Tsar of Russia, telling that the Tsar accept the audience he asked for a long time ago, and quickly runs to Russia, passing by North Pole just before Peary reached it. So, the real first reacher of North Pole wouldn't be Peary, neither Cook, but a McDuck  :-)
In this story also appears an unnamed man who tells Peary he just hired new carriers. The man must be Matthew A. Henson, and the carriers must be the four Eskimos.

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