Where in the World are Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson?

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Where in the World are Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson?

Intrepid explorers Matthew A. Henson and Robert E. Peary continue their world travels. You can follow their adventures below.
Collage of Henson and Peary adventures

You can purchase the Peary and Henson dolls at the Museum Gift Shop or online at the Bowdoin Store. Take them with you on your adventures and then send us your photos of them to:

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center
Bowdoin College
9500 College Station
Brunswick, Maine 04011-8495

Or email photos to KymNoelle Hopson.


Peary and Henson help with physics lab instructor Gary Mier’s retirement celebration!

Peary and Henson help celebrate physics lab instructor Gary Mier’s retirement.

One of the most dramatic Arctic experiences is seeing the Northern Lights, the spectacular light emission by particles in the atmosphere moving along the lines of the earth’s magnetic field. Physics lab instructor Gary Mier’s favorite introductory experiment creates a similar effect in a glass tube filled with ionized gas. Excited electrons, circling in the tube, create a glowing circular “aurora” that allow students to measure the charge to mass ratio of the electron, commonly known as e/m (e over m). 

As part of the celebration of Gary’s retirement, our favorite Arctic explorers visited the lab storage room in Searles Science Building and approved a gift from the department of a commemorative e/m tube. In fact, Peary and Henson became part of the gift, which included a mounted e/m tube (also ready for retirement) and an engraving thanking Gary for his years of excellent teaching. Photos courtesy of Professor Madeleine Msall.


More Peary and Henson adventures await below!