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Gilbert Grosvenor and Elsie May Bell holding their son, Melville Bell
National Geographic's Gilbert Grosvenor with his wife Elsie May and their son, Melville Bell

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National Geographic President Gilbert H. Grosvenor Was Born
October 28, 1875

Under Grosvenor's guidance, scientific expeditions and research projects traveled as far as the North Pole with Commodore Robert Peary in 1909, and as deep as the ocean when William Beebe made his record-setting undersea descent in 1934.

Today, the National Geographic Society is the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization of its kind. Grosvenor cared a great deal about conservation and the protection of wildlife, and both causes are the subject of many of the current programs and educational materials offered by the society.

Next time you pick up a National Geographic, see if you can find a world that you never knew existed. Happy exploring!

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