Richard Byrd

Also found in: Wikipedia.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Byrd, Richard


Born Oct. 25, 1888, in Winchester, Va.; died Mar. 12, 1957, in Boston. American polar explorer, pilot, and admiral. Leader of four major American Antarctic expeditions.

During his first expedition (1928-30) aircraft, radio communication, and mechanized transport allowed Byrd to penetrate the interior regions of Antarctica, which are difficult to reach. In November 1929, Byrd flew over the South Pole. Meteorological and geographical observations as well as geological studies were conducted in the Queen Maud Mountains. The second expedition (1933-35) carried out seismological research on the Ross Ice Shelf and confirmed the presence of large deposits of coal (Mount Weaver and Mount Blackburn in western Antarctica). The third expedition (1939-41) had the chief goal of asserting American sovereignty over specific portions of Antarctica (Marie Byrd Land, Graham Land, and others). The fourth expedition (1946-47), organized by the U. S. Department of the Navy, did aerial photography of a considerable part of the coast of western Antarctica and its interior regions.

During Byrd’s expeditions to Antarctica the Rockefeller Plateau, Grosvenor Range, Edsel Ford Range, Amundsen Glacier, Marie Byrd Land (1929), Horlick Mountains (1934), Hobbs Coast, Kohler Range, Walgreen Coast, Fletcher Islands (1940), and American Highland Plateau (1947) were discovered. An American scientific station was named after Byrd.


Little America.… New York-London, 1930.
Antarctic Discovery: The Story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition. London, 1936.
In Russian translation:
Nad luzhnym poliusom. Leningrad, 1935.
Snova v Antarktike. Leningrad, 1937.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Peters, Jr., and wife, Lisa, of Wisconsin, Lenita Benton of Galesburg, Greta Sullivan of Quincy, Evan Peters of Galesburg, and Wendy Cotton of Chicago; two brothers, Albert Byrd, and wife, Bernice, of Chicago, and Richard Byrd, and Irene, of Luverne, AL; one sister, Jane Williams, of Chicago; three sisters-in-law, Juel Farquhar of California, Clara Hernandez of California, and Virginia Peters of Chicago; two brothers-in-law, Clarence Peters, and wife, Carol, of Harvey, and Jan Peters, and wife, Sylvia, of Knoxville, TN; and a host of great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends.
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) 1929: US admiral Richard Byrd, with pilot Bernt Balchen, became the first man to fly over the South Pole.
AMERICAN Richard Byrd has clocked up an incredible 120,000 miles trying to find the Liverpool lass he loved and lost.
Instead, because his hero was Commander Richard Byrd, he decided to stow away on the explorer's expedition to the Antarctic in 1928.
Richard Byrd, worldwide president of BD Preanalytical Systems said: "Ensuring the safety and quality of our products is our top priority at BD, and we are dedicated to maintaining a robust quality system to fulfill this commitment.
"Hess and the Penguins" also uncovers the strange death of Admiral Richard Byrd's son in 1988, about the same time of the death of Hess.
One, named the Floyd Bennett, accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd on his 1928-29 Antarctic expedition, and on Nov.
At Raymond James' office in Boston, branch manager Peter Alberding says the group has welcomed the team of Robert Phinney, Graham Goodwin and Richard Byrd III.
Quoting the famous aviator Richard Byrd, he suggested, "there were old pilots, and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots".
Richard Byrd is credited with having been the first person to fly over what?
The USNS Richard Byrd and the USNS Carl Brashear were in Subic Bay last month for a routine port visit.