Author, Explorer & Founder, WINGS Worldquest
Milbry C. Polk (BA, honors) Radcliffe College, Harvard University, has lectured in more 150 schools, universities and public affairs organizations. She co-founded and was executive director of Wings WorldQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women at the leading edge of science and discovery. She also founded and directed programs for the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the American Indian. She was Vice-Chair of the Conference on Affordable World Security (Newseum, March 27-28, 2012).
Among her writings are Women of Discovery (Library Journal award Best Books of 2001 and School Library Journal, Best Books of 2002); Egyptian Mummies (Margaret A. Edwards Award best books of 1998); editor, The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad; contributor to a number of books; and Reviews and Contributing Editor of The Explorers Journal, 1998-the present. She co-founded with Imagination Celebration, and writes yearly curriculum for The Art of Exploration, for the Public Schools of Ft. Worth, Texas, now in its ninth year.
She led or participated in expeditions to Prince William Sound, Alaska; the Western Desert of Egypt (National Geographic); Yemen; Southern Sudan; Saudi Arabia; Iran; Pakistan; John River, Alaska; Nepal; Brazilian coast; Greenland; Baffin Island; Devon Island; India (American Museum of Natural History); Chinese Tibet; NW Greenland, and the Andaman Sea.
Ms. Polk’s honors include: Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award (2011); Alumnae of the Year, Madeira School (2011), Environmental Leadership Award, Unity College; Women’s ENews“Leader of the 21st Century,” Who’s Who, 1986 Women of the Year Award; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of The Explorers Club and Fellow of Wings WorldQuest. She serves on Advisory Boards of New York School of Visual Arts Graduate Program in Communications, the Wilbur Mills Polar Prize, George Polk Journalism Awards Committee, Takster Foundation and served for ten years on the Board of Governors of the National Arts Club,. Polk was the subject of a CBS Sunday Morning feature that won the Gracie Award.
Email Milbry: milbry@@post.harvard.edu
Milbry’s Website: www.milbrypolk.com
WINGS World Quest Website: www.wingsworldquest.org