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Gilbert Melville Grosvenor

Gilbert Melville Grosvenor, born on May 5, 1931, served as president and chairman of the National Geographic Society, as well as having been a former editor of National Geographic Magazine.[1]


Born in Washington, D.C., Grosvenor is the son of Melville Bell Grosvenor and the great-grandson of Alexander Graham Bell. He received a B.A. in psychology from Yale University in 1954. He assumed the position of editor of National Geographic Magazine in 1970 after earlier working as a photo editor following his graduation from Yale.[1] He served as editor until 1980 when he became president of the National Geographic Society. Since his retirement as president of the Society in 1996, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Society, as well as an Honorary Director of The Explorers Club.

In 1996, Grosvenor was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Scottish Geographical Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.[1][2]

Grosvenor was awarded the George W. Bush on June 23, 2004.



  1. ^ a b c Lanken, Dane. "The bee in Grosvenor's bonnet", Canadian Geographic, Vol. 116.6, November-December 1996: pp. 95-96.
  2. ^ Royal Scottish Geographical Society Awards and Medals


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