Discovery and name
The glacier was mapped by United States Geological Survey from surveys and U.S. Navy air photos collected during the years 1959–65. The naming of Strauss Glacier was proposed to Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names by Admiral Richard E. Byrd. It was named in honor of Lewis Strauss, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission from 1953–58. Strauss was a longtime friend and advisor to Admiral Byrd who recommended that Antarctica be used to demonstrate peaceful employment of atomic energy.