Norman Vaughan was part of history as the chief dog
driver on the first Byrd Antarctic Expedition in 1928-30.
Born in 1905, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and
polar exploration was in its heyday, Norman was weaned
on tales of Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, and Sir Robert
Falcon Scott. In 1925 he left Harvard to join one of
his heroes, Sir Wilfred Grenfell in Newfoundland, bringing
medical supplies by dog sled to isolated villages. He
left school again three years later to go to Antarctica
with Admiral Byrd - a bold move that changed his life.
They were the first Americans to set foot in the interior
of Antarctica and discovered land never seen before
by man. It was the end of an era of exploration by dog
team and the beginning of aviation. Norman is the last
surviving member of that expedition.
To honor Norman for his contributions as chief dog
driver, Admiral Byrd named a mountain after him. On
December 16, 1994, three days shy of his 89th birthday,
Norman fulfilled a lifelong dream. He climbed his namesake,
Mount Vaughan, a 10,302' Antarctic peak. Now he plans
on going back to celebrate his 100th birthday at the
Norman has authored two books, WITH BYRD AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE WORLD, about his experiences of the first Byrd
Antarctic Expedition and MY LIFE OF ADVENTURE, which
is about all of his life.