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Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821–1890) by Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, c. 1872–5 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burton, Sir Richard Francis (1821–1890), explorer and author, was the son of Colonel Joseph Netterville Burton and Martha Beckwith, daughter and coheir of Richard Baker of Barham House, Hertfordshire. The eldest of three children, he was born on 19 March 1821 at Torquay...

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Kenneth Cecil Gandar- Dower (1908–1944) by unknown photographer, 1937 Getty Images

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Dower, Kenneth Cecil Gandar- (1908–1944), sportsman and explorer, was born on 31 August 1908 at his parents' home at 17 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, the fourth and youngest son of Joseph Wilson Gandar-Dower (1848–1919), of independent means, and his wife, Amelia Frances Germaine (...

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Johnston, Sir Henry Hamilton [Harry] (1858–1927), explorer and colonial administrator, was born in London on 12 June 1858, the eldest of twelve children of John Brookes Johnston, secretary of the Royal Exchange Assurance Company, and his second wife, Esther Laetitia, daughter of Robert Hamilton...

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Sir Henry Hamilton Johnston (1858–1927) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Matonabbee (1736/7–1782/3), fur trader and explorer, was born near Churchill Fort, in what is now Churchill, Manitoba, the son of Chipewyan parents; his father was a hunter for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). His mother and father had met on the west coast of ...

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Pytheas (fl. 4th cent. BC), explorer, was the first Greek author to describe Britain. He is an authority rather than a personality but seems to have come from Massalia (Marseilles). Not mentioned, as far as is known, by Aristotle, he was treated with suspicion by his pupil, the polymath ...

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Taylor, (Thomas) Griffith (1880–1963), geographer and explorer, was born on 1 December 1880 at 9 Greenleaf Lane, Walthamstow, Essex, the first of the five children of James Taylor (1849–1927), metallurgical chemist, and his wife, Lily Agnes, daughter of Thomas Griffiths, accountant, and his wife, ...