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Montpelier in Williams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Paul Allman Siple

 
 
Paul Allman Siple Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, November 4, 2007
1. Paul Allman Siple Marker
Inscription.  Paul Allman Siple was born here on December 18, 1908. In 1927, he was chosen from thousands of ambitious Eagle Scouts to accompany Admiral Richard E. Byrd on his first Antarctic Expedition. Twelve years later, while attending Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, he earned a PH.D. in geography, writing Adaptions of the Explorer to the Climate of Antarctica as his doctoral dissertation. In it, he coined the term ‘windchill’ to denote the rapid heat loss experienced by a body under strong winds.

During his career, Siple spent four summers and ten winters int he Antarctic becoming widely known as a biologist, author, inventor, and seismographic expert. From 1957–1958, he and a crew of eighteen spent eight months at Pole Station, becoming the first men to winter at the South Pole. He is remembered as an American Antarctic exploration pioneer. From 1963 to 1966, he served as the U.S. Scientific Attache to Australia and New Zealand and continued his work with the U.S. Army until his death in 1968.
 
Erected 2007 by Williams County Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society
Reverse of the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, November 4, 2007
2. Reverse of the marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducationExploration. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1863.
 
Location. 41° 35.014′ N, 84° 36.594′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Ohio, in Williams County. Marker is on South Empire Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 403 S Empire, Montpelier OH 43543, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gold and Blue Star Families (approx. ¼ mile away); Montpelier Town Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Dr. Paul Allman Siple (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial Bench (approx. 0.4 miles away); Montpelier Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Williams County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bob's Boulevard (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
 
Paul Allman Siple Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, November 4, 2007
3. Paul Allman Siple Marker
Corner of S. Empire & West Main Streets image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, November 4, 2007
4. Corner of S. Empire & West Main Streets
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,963 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 1, 2022