Explorer Authors

William Adams
English Explorer
William Adams , also known in Japanese as Anjin-sama and Anjin Miura , was an English navigator who travelled to Japan and is believed to be the first Englishman ever to reach that country. Wikipedia
Joy Adamson
Czechoslovakian Explorer
Joy Adamson was a naturalist, artist, and author best known for her book, Born Free, which describes her experiences raising a lion cub named Elsa. Wikipedia
Roald Amundsen
Norwegian Explorer
Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the Antarctic expedition to discover the South Pole in December 1911 and he was the first expedition leader to reach the North Pole in 1926. Wikipedia
Ann Bancroft
American Explorer
Ann Bancroft is an American author, teacher, and adventurer. She was the first woman to successfully finish a number of arduous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. Wikipedia
William Beebe
American Explorer
William Beebe , born Charles William Beebe was an American naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, explorer, and author. Wikipedia
James Theodore Bent
English Explorer
Daniel Boone
American Explorer
Daniel Boone was an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Wikipedia
Richard Francis Burton
English Explorer
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. Wikipedia
Richard E. Byrd
American Explorer
Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., USN was an American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Wikipedia
Kit Carson
American Explorer
Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson was an American frontiersman and Indian fighter. Carson left home in rural present-day Missouri at age 16 and became a mountain man and trapper in the West. Wikipedia
Jacques Cartier
Canadian Explorer
Jacques Cartier was a French explorer of Breton origin who claimed what is now Canada for France. Wikipedia
Thomas Cavendish
English Explorer
Sir Thomas Cavendish was an English explorer and a privateer known as "The Navigator" because he was the first who deliberately tried to emulate Sir Francis Drake and raid the Spanish towns and ships in the Pacific and return by circumnavigating... Wikipedia
Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain , "The Father of New France", was a French navigator, cartographer, draughtsman, soldier, explorer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat, and chronicler. He founded New France and Quebec City on July 3, 1608. Wikipedia
Christopher Columbus
Italian Explorer
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer, born in the Republic of Genoa, in what is today northwestern Italy. Wikipedia
Frederick Albert Cook
American Explorer
Frederick Albert Cook was an American explorer and physician, noted for his claim of having reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908. This would have been a year before April 6, 1909, the date claimed by Robert Peary. Wikipedia
James Cook
British Explorer
Captain James Cook, FRS, RN was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Wikipedia
Hernando Cortez
Spanish Explorer
Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro, 1st Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca was a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in... Wikipedia
Jacques Yves Cousteau
French Explorer
Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. Wikipedia
Davy Crockett
American Explorer
David "Davy" Crockett was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet "King of the Wild Frontier". He represented Tennessee in the U.S. Wikipedia
William Dampier
English Explorer
William Dampier was the first man of English descent to explore sections of New Holland and also the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. Wikipedia
Isabelle Eberhardt
English Explorer
Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss explorer and writer who lived and travelled extensively in North Africa. For her time she was a liberated individual who rejected conventional European morality in favour of her own path and that of Islam. Wikipedia
Lincoln Ellsworth
American Explorer
Lincoln Ellsworth was an polar explorer from the United States. Wikipedia
Ranulph Fiennes
British Explorer
Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE , commonly known as Ranulph Fiennes , is a British adventurer and holder of several endurance records. He is also a prolific writer. Wikipedia
Humphrey Gilbert
English Explorer
Sir Humphrey Gilbert of Devon in England was a half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh. Wikipedia
Christopher Gist
American Explorer
Christopher Gist was an accomplished colonial British explorer, surveyor and frontiersman. He was one of the first white explorers of the Ohio Country . Wikipedia
Matthew Henson
American Explorer
Matthew Alexander Henson was an African American explorer and associate of Robert Peary on various expeditions, the most famous being a 1909 expedition during which he may have been the first person to reach the Geographic North Pole. Wikipedia
Thor Heyerdahl
Norwegian Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a background in zoology and geography. Wikipedia
Edmund Hillary
New Zealander Explorer
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. Wikipedia
Henry Hudson
English Explorer
Henry Hudson was an English sea explorer and navigator in the early 17th century. Wikipedia
Helge Ingstad
Norwegian Explorer
Helge Marcus Ingstad was a Norwegian explorer. After mapping some Norse settlements, Ingstad and his wife Anne Stine, an archaeologist, in 1960 found remnants of a Viking settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows in the Province of Newfoundland in Canada. Wikipedia
Harry Johnston
British Explorer
Sir Henry "Harry" Hamilton Johnston, GCMG, KCB , was a British explorer, botanist, linguist and colonial administrator, one of the key players in the "Scramble for Africa" that occurred at the end of the 19th century. Wikipedia
William Kidd
Scottish Explorer
William "Captain" Kidd was a Scottish sailor who was tried and executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Wikipedia
John Lawson
British Explorer
Meriwether Lewis
American Explorer
Meriwether Lewis was an American explorer, soldier, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark. Wikipedia
David Livingstone
Scottish Explorer
David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 gave rise to the popular quotation "Dr. Wikipedia
John Mason
Explorer
Douglas Mawson
Australian Explorer
Sir Douglas Mawson, OBE, FRS, FAA was an Australian geologist, Antarctic explorer and Academic. Along with Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton, Mawson was a key expedition leader during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Wikipedia
Christopher McCandless
American Explorer
Christopher Johnson McCandless was an American adventurer who adopted the alias Alexander Supertramp and hiked into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 with little food and equipment, hoping to live simply for a time in solitude. Wikipedia
Thomas Mitchell
Australian Explorer
Fridtjof Nansen
Norwegian Explorer
Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Wikipedia
Tenzing Norgay
Explorer
Tenzing Norgay OSN GM born Namgyal Wangdi and often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepalese Indian Sherpa mountaineer. Wikipedia
George Percy
English Explorer
George Percy was an English explorer, author, and early Colonial Governor of Virginia. Wikipedia
Antonio Pigafetta
Italian Explorer
Antonio Pigafetta was an Italian scholar and explorer from the Republic of Venice. He traveled with the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew by order of the King Charles I of Spain on their voyage to the Indies. Wikipedia
Marco Polo
Italian Explorer
Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveler whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde, a book which did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and China. Wikipedia
John Wesley Powell
American Explorer
John Wesley Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois State University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. Wikipedia
Walter Raleigh
English Explorer
Sir Walter Raleigh was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England. Wikipedia
Jeff Rich
American Explorer
Jeff Rich also known as "Worzel" is an English rock drummer, best known as a former drummer for the English rock band Status Quo. Wikipedia
Robert Falcon Scott
British Explorer
Robert Falcon Scott, CVO was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition, 1901-04, and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-13. Wikipedia
Ernest Shackleton
Irish Explorer
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, CVO, OBE FRGS was an Anglo-Irish polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Wikipedia
Joshua Slocum
Canadian Explorer
Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian born, naturalised American seaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. Wikipedia
Thomas L. Smith
American Explorer
Thomas L. "Pegleg" Smith was a mountain man who, serving as a guide for many early expeditions into the American Southwest, helped explore parts of present-day New Mexico. He is also known as a fur trapper, prospector, and horse thief. Wikipedia
Henry Morton Stanley
Welsh Explorer
Sir Henry Morton Stanley, GCB, born John Rowlands, Kongo byname Bula Matari , was a Welsh American journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Wikipedia
Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Canadian Explorer
Vilhjalmur Stefansson was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist. Wikipedia
Hudson Stuck
English Explorer
Hudson Stuck with Harry P. Karstens co-led the first expedition to successfully climb the South Peak of Mount McKinley. Wikipedia
Charles Sturt
Australian Explorer
Captain Charles Napier Sturt was a British explorer of Australia, and part of the European exploration of Australia. He led several expeditions into the interior of the continent, starting from both Sydney and later from Adelaide. Wikipedia
Joseph Thomson
Scottish Explorer
George Vancouver
English Explorer
Captain George Vancouver was an English officer of the British Royal Navy, best known for his 1791-95 expedition, which explored and charted North America's northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of contemporary Alaska, British... Wikipedia
Edward Whymper
British Explorer
Edward Whymper , was an English illustrator, climber and explorer best known for the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865. On the descent four members of the party were killed. Wikipedia