Louise Boyd

Louise Arner Boyd (1887 - 1972)

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Louise Arner Boyd
Born in San Rafael, California, USAmap
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Died in San Francisco, California, USAmap
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  • Noted (female) arctic explorer
  • d/o John Franklin Boyd & Louise Cook Arner[1]
  • 1920 inherited parents fortune and presidency of Boyd Investment Company[2]
  • traveled with friend, Sadie Pratt, widow of Gen. C. Pratt, after inheriting
  • 1926 set out on a charter to sail the arctic[2]
  • Photographs of her arctic trip became scientific resources
  • 1928 re-chartered the same ship to sail the arctic again but ended up lending its services to the search for missing sailors - hiring extra pilots for the search - and taking photos all along the way.[2]
  • 1931 chartered another ship for a scientific expedition into the arctic - taking photogramatry photos that Dr. Walter A Wood, a surveyor, was later able to use to put together a map of the area she had explored.[2]
  • 1933 partnered with American Geographical Society for arctic expedition to study glaciers and chart the fjords of Greenland[2]
    • A fjord was named after her, Louise Boydland.
  • Always wore a camellia
  • 1940 contacted by the US State Department to consult about Greenland
  • lost the remainder of her fortune due to some bad investments but was supported by friends for the last years of her life
  • Ashes were unable to be scattered over Louise Boydland as she had requested, so they were scattered over arctic Alaska, one of the last places she had visited.[2]


  1. Wikipedia: Louise Arner Boyd, accessed 8 Nov 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Chakraborty, Deblina and Sarah Dowdey. "[http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-heiress-explorer-louise-boyd-and-the-arctic.htm The Heiress Explorer: Louise Boyd and the Arctic." Stuff You Missed in History Class (Podcast). 9 Apr 2012. How Stuff Works.com (web). 8 Nov 2016

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Louise Arner Boyd

Louise Arner Boyd, signing globe
Louise Arner Boyd, signing globe

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Louise Cook Arner Boyd and daughter, Louise
Louise Cook Arner Boyd and daughter, Louise


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