History Corner

How did a polar center come to be located in Ohio?

Trustees sitting around a table

The Ohio State University’s involvement in cold regions research began just after World War II with U.S. Army contracts for work in Greenland.  Interest in polar studies grew during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58), and soon thereafter, Dr. Richard P.

Who was the first to fly a plane over the North Pole?


On May 9, 1926 Commander Richard Byrd announced that he had been the first to fly over the North Pole in his Fokker tri-motor airplane, the Josephine Ford.  Byrd submitted his navigational records to the U.S.