Robert Peary
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1856
Date of Death: 1920
Cause of Death: Natural causes - pernicious anemia
Occupation: Explorer
Children: Several
Military Branch: United States Navy
Fictional Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Homeward Bound
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references

Robert Peary (May 6, 1856 - February 20, 1920) was an Admiral in the United States Navy, who is widely considered to have led the first expedition to reach Earth's North Pole on April 6, 1909. However, he was unable to substantiate his claims of the success of his expedition. This has led some (including Frederick Cook, whose own controversial and generally discounted claim to have reached the North Pole predates Peary's by a year) to suggest Peary's claim of reaching the North Pole was fraudulent.

Robert Peary in Worldwar[]

In 1997, the United States christened its first interstellar spacecraft the Admiral Peary in Robert Peary's honor and sent it on a journey to Home in the Tau Ceti system.[1]

Upon awaking from cold sleep and learning the name of the ship that carried him, Sam Yeager realized that he was about two years old when Peary made his trip north. He also concluded that Peary would have been extremely jealous to go on the journey Yeager was on.[2]


  1. Homeward Bound, pg. 24.
  2. Ibid., pg. 41.