The acquisition of Admiral Byrd's archive in 1985 was a seminal event for what was then known as the Institute of Polar Studies at The Ohio State University. Part of the successful bid was a willingness to rename the Institute in commemoration of Byrd, which was done in 1987, making it the Byrd Polar Research Center.
Google Kim Cobb or Paul Mayewski and you'll discover lots about their credentials, their publications, extended honors for their work. Chances are, though, that you'll find very little about who they are as people. That's typical for scientists, but for climate-change science that's a huge problem. See, people don't believe data. They believe people.