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The 2016 Explorers Club Annual Awardees

The Explorers Club is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Annual Awards.

This year’s celebration will honor the outstanding accomplishments of Dr. Joseph Macinnis, who has done work in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans; Dr. Frederick Roots, a preeminent legend of Antarctic exploration; Edmundo Edwards, an expert on the amazing and majestic Moai of Easter Island; and Constance Difede, who has held several prominent leadership positions in the Club and is an accomplished field explorer.

Join us, as we celebrate these outstanding individuals at the Waldorf on Saturday, March 12th 2016. For more information, please see the bio’s below and then click on the link underneath to reserve your tickets for this amazing event.


The Explorers Club Medal

Frederick Roots, O.C., Ph.D.

A legendary Polar scientist, expedition leader, and explorer, Dr. Frederick Roots is a Canadian geoscientist, meteorologist, and ecologist. His distinguished career has included the famous Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1949-52), contributing author of the Antarctic Treaty, and developing the Polar Continental Shelf Program. Dr. Roots also holds the record for the longest unsupported dogsled journey (189 days).


The William Beebe Award

Joseph MacInnis, C.M., O.Ont., M.D., F.R.C.P.

Joe MacInnis is a medical doctor who’s pioneering research on undersea science and engineering projects earned him his nation’s highest honor—the Order of Canada. He’s worked under the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He currently studies red-zone leadership and its role in solving global problems like climate change.


Explorers Club Citation of Merit

Edmundo R. Edwards, FI ‘90

Archeoastronomer Edmundo Edwards, a 45 year resident of Easter Island, has devoted his life to the scientific study, survey of numerous sites and preservation of the archaeology and culture of the Polynesia. Co-founder the Pacific Islands Research Institute (PIRI), Edwards works tirelessly towards continued discovery, analysis, documentation, restoration and understanding of South Pacific history and cultures. Co-author with his daughter Alexandra Edwards of “When the Universe was an Island”, a very thorough study of the history and cultures of Polynesia.


The Edward C. Sweeney Memorial Medal

Constance Difede, LM ‘01

Assiduous officer of The Explorers Club, Constance Difede currently serves as Vice President for Special Projects and Director emerita. Ms. Difede has formerly served as Vice President and Chair of Flag and Honors, Chair of Management and Nominating Committee, and as a major contributor the Bylaws Committee. An accomplished field explorer, she has been an active member of multiple Explorers Club Flag expeditions.






Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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