Open Library logo
New Feature: You can now embed Open Library books on your website!   Learn More
Last edited by mountainaxe
August 10, 2018 | History

Frederick Albert Cook

10 June 1865 - 5 August 1940

Frederick Albert Cook was an American explorer, physician, and ethnographer, noted for his claim of having reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908. This was nearly a year before April 6, 1909, the date claimed by the American explorer Robert Peary, and the accounts were disputed for several years. His expedition did discover Meighen Island, the only discovery of an island in the American Arctic by a United States expedition.

After reviewing Cook's limited records, a commission of the University of Copenhagen ruled in December 1909 that he had not proven that he reached the pole. In 1911 Cook published a memoir of his expedition, continuing to assert their success. His 1906 account of having reached the summit of Denali has also been discredited.

7 works Add another?

Sorting by Most Editions | First Published | Most Recent

Photo of Frederick Albert Cook


Links (outside Open Library)


Download catalog record: RDF / JSON
August 10, 2018 Edited by mountainaxe Edited without comment.
August 10, 2018 Edited by mountainaxe Added new photo
March 31, 2017 Edited by Clean Up Bot add VIAF and wikidata ID
June 6, 2012 Edited by VacuumBot Removed period from death date
April 1, 2008 Created by an anonymous user initial import