Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, nicknamed the "father of photojournalism," was the first full-time editor of National Geographic magazine.

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  • On October 28, 1875, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor was born in Constantinople (now Istanbul) Turkey. (His father was a professor at an American university there.) Known as “the father of photojournalism,” Grosvenor was president of the National Geographic Society from 1920 to 1954, and the first editor of National Geographic magazine.

    Grosvenor’s leadership helped the National Geographic Society become one of the world’s foremost institutions for science and learning. National Geographic magazine reported the adventures of a wide variety of scientific and cultural expeditions around the world. Subsequently, both Grosvenor’s son and grandson served as presidents of the National Geographic Society.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    editor Noun

    person who regulates and manages the language and concepts of a publication.

    expedition Noun

    journey with a specific purpose, such as exploration.

    National Geographic Society Noun

    (1888) organization whose mission is "Inspiring people to care about the planet."