Did you know that Paul Siple was born today in 1908? He was an American explorer, author, and geographer. He participated in six expeditions to Antarctica. He wrote 4 books about his experiences, exploration, and about scouting. Later, he studied how explorers could adapt to cold weather. He developed equipment and clothing for extreme climates such as: the Antarctic and arctic, mountains, deserts, and the tropics. Paul Siple also helped to develop the idea of the wind chill factor. The wind chill is the cooler temperature you ‘feel’ when there is a strong wind.
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Paul Siple was one of very few individuals that participated in all five of Richard E. Byrd’s Antarctic expeditions. He was the first Eagle Scout selected for an Antarctic expedition; his place on the expedition was publicly funded ‘by pennies, nickels, and dimes’ sent in by supporters of scouting.
Paul Siple was an Eagle Scout with 59 merit badges. He was also a Sea Scout.
Paul Siple also traveled through Europe, the Soviet Union, Asia Minor, and Africa. It is said that Paul Siple visted seven continents and most major island masses.
Paul Siple was the inaugural scientific leader at the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in 1956.
There are many Antarctic geographic features named in honor of Paul Siple. Some examples are Siple Coast, Siple Island, Mount Siple, and Siple Station. He also received medals from the National Geographic Society, the Boy Scouts of America, and more.