Top 20 Explorer celebrities in England
Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Explorer celebrities [Updated March 3, 2021].
Ranulph Fiennes was born
on March 7, 1944
The Guinness Book of World Records named him the world's greatest living explorer.
Joseph Banks was born
on February 13, 1743
Although he had little formal scientific training, he collected and observed many samples which helped scientists back home.
John Smith was born
on January 1, 1580
in Willoughby, England.
He trained settlers to farm and survive in the very first English colony in North America: Jamestown.
George Bass was born
on January 30, 1771
He brought a small vessel along on his voyage with the Royal Navy that was about 8 by 5 feet in size. He called it Tom Thumb and used it to sail on Australia's rivers.
Owen Glynne Jones was born
on November 2, 1867
He is the star of Alex Roddie's semi-fictional novel The Only Genuine Jones.
Richard Lemon Lander was born
on February 8, 1804
His adventures in Africa became the basis of several books.
Vivian Fuchs was born
on February 11, 1908
The Fuchs Medal, awarded by The British Antarctic Survey, was named in his honor.
Levison Wood was born
on May 5, 1982
in Staffordshire, England.
In 2015, he walked the length of the Himalaya mountain range. His journey was also later recounted in the Channel 4 documentary Walking the Himalayas.
John Lloyd Stephens was born
on November 28, 1805
He came upon the first Mayan ruins quite by accident, and then from there continued to find related sites.
John Hanning Speke was born
on May 4, 1827
He was also a subscriber to the Hamitic hypothesis that white races were superior to African ones.
John Moresby was born
on March 15, 1830
He served all over the region around Australia surveying, charting, and fighting off kidnappers.
John Franklin was born
on April 16, 1786
He made three successful trips to the northern wilderness, but on his fourth he perished with his crew.
James Clark Ross was born
on April 15, 1800
His first expedition to the Arctic involved accompanying his uncle to find the Northwest Passage.
James Oglethorpe was born
on December 22, 1696
He persuaded the British Parliament to resettle London's poor and criminals in the New World colony of Georgia.
Henry Hudson was born
on September 12, 1575
He discovered the Hudson River in 1609, initiating the Dutch colonization of New York.
Henry Walter Bates was born
on February 8, 1825
in Leicester, England.
By recording the different ways rainforest animals and insects imitated other life forms or inanimate objects, he lent further support to the theory of evolution.
George Vancouver was born
on June 22, 1757
He mapped out a part of the Columbia river, which he named Mount Hood.
George Percy was born
on September 4, 1580
He was among the first English colonists to travel to the Jamestown Colony in Virginia, and he suffered through the colony's 1609 to 1610 winter "Starving Time."
George Back was born
on November 6, 1796
He made four expeditions to North America's polar coast, exploring the region as part of John Franklin's expedition.
He was also an accomplished painter, and one of his works sold for nearly $60,000 at an auction.
Francis Drake was born
on July 13, 1540
in Tavistock, England.