Robert Peary (May 6, 1856 - February 20, 1920) was an Admiral in the U.S. 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.
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.