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(Johann) Georg Adam Forster (1754–1794) by Daniel Beyel (after John Francis Rigaud, exh. RA 1781) [The Forsters [left to right]: Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798) and ] by permission of the National Library of Australia / The Rex Nan Kivell Collection

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Forster, (Johann) Georg Adam (1754–1794), traveller and naturalist, was born on 27 November 1754 in Nassenhuben near Danzig in Polish Prussia, the eldest of the six children of Justina Elisabeth, née Nicolai, and (Johann) Reinhold Forster (1729–1798), the local Lutheran pastor...

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Lincoln, Ignatius Timotheus Trebitsch [formerly Ignácz Trebitsch; name in religion Chao Kung] (1879–1943), political adventurer, was born in Paks, Hungary, on 4 April 1879, the second son of Nathan Trebitsch (d. 1899), a merchant, and his wife, Julia, née Freund (...

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Lok, Michael (c. 1532–1620x22), mercer, merchant adventurer, and traveller, was born in Cheapside, London, the youngest of five surviving sons of Sir William Lok (1480–1550) and his second wife, Catherine, née Cooke (d. 1537), and the brother of Rose Throckmorton. By his own account ...

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Lok, Sir William (1480–1550), mercer and merchant adventurer, was the second son of Thomas Lok and grandson of John Lok, sheriff of London in 1461, both of whom were also members of the Mercers' Company. Although formally admitted to the company only in 1507, ...

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Sir Robert Hermann Schomburgk (1804–1865) by William Brockedon, 1840 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Schomburgk, Sir Robert Hermann (1804–1865), surveyor and traveller, was the son of the Revd Johann Friedrich Ludwig Schomburgk, a protestant minister in Thuringia, and Christine Julian, the daughter of J. Krippendorf, counsellor of the princes of Reuss-Gera. Schomburgk was born at Freiburg in ...