Putnam, George Palmer, 1887–1950, American author and explorer, b. Rye, N.Y.; grandson of G. P. Putnam, founder of the publishing firm. He led two expeditions to the Arctic—one in 1926, under the sponsorship of the American Museum of Natural History, up the west coast of Greenland and the other in 1927 to Baffin Island to collect specimens of wildlife. He married Amelia Earhart in 1931, and after she was lost at sea in 1937 he wrote her biography, Soaring Wings (1939). His autobiography, Wide Margins, appeared in 1942.
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