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 Miriam <I>Look</I> MacMillan

Miriam Look MacMillan

Birth
Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 18 Aug 1987 (aged 82)
Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 3163 · View Source
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Explorer. Born Miriam Look in Massachusetts, together with her husband Donald Macmillan she was an explorer, sailor and researcher, who made pioneering expeditions to the Artic. In 1935, she married Donald Macmillan and together they made exploratory work in the Artic circle. They made repeated trips northward, surveying, mapping unknown land and water, collecting zoological and geological specimens, studying Eskimo life, language and establishing a school for Eskimo children in Labrador. After husband's service in the Navy during World War II, she resumed with him in northward sailings exploring the white ice packs of the North Pole. She made her last trip to the Arctic with husband in 1954, and was noted for being part of the first to land on King Christian Island and the first to use airplanes over the far North. After her husband's death in 1970, she devoted herself to arranging and cataloguing the thousands of photographs, slides and artifacts that she and MacMillan brought back from the Arctic. She served as honorary curator of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and in 1981, was accepted into the Explorer's Club, as one of only a few women accepted at that time.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 16 Jul 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3163
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Miriam Look MacMillan (13 Jun 1905–18 Aug 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3163, citing Provincetown Cemetery, Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .