March 2011 talk was on field research pioneer

ECWG member Frank R. Power MN ’93 discussed the colorful life of  Roy Chapman Andrews (1884 – 1960) during a brunch Sunday, March 6 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Chevy Chase.

Power said that Andrews “was the 20th century’s prototypical explorer—a bold, dashing figure who braved bandits, sandstorms, shipwrecks, and other brushes with death around the world.”

William Chapman Andrews in the late 1920s. From The Explorers Club Archives

Most notably, he led five scientific expeditions for the American Museum of Natural History’s to Mongolia’s desert, the Gobi, from 1922 to 1930.

He was a pioneer of modern field research, but it was his team’s fossil discoveries that amazed the world – especially the first-ever complete nest of dinosaur eggs.

Andrews–adventurer, administrator, and Museum promoter–spent his entire career at the American Museum of Natural History, where he rose through the ranks from departmental assistant, to expedition organizer, to Museum director.

He served as President of The Explorers Club from 1931 to 1934 and was awarded the Explorers Medal in 1932.

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