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Austen, Henry Haversham Godwin- (1834–1923), explorer and geologist, was born at Teignmouth on 6 July 1834, the eldest son of Robert Alfred Cloyne Godwin-Austen (1808–1884), geologist, of Shalford House, near Guildford, Surrey, and his wife, Maria Elizabeth (d. 1904), only daughter of ...

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Henry Haversham Godwin- Austen (1834–1923) by Maull & Fox The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Billings, Joseph (1758–1806), explorer and hydrographer in Russia, was born in 1758 at Turnham Green, Middlesex, according to ship musters; parish church registers confirm the birth of Joseph, son of Thomas and Mary Billing, on 6 September 1758. Billings's signed Russian service record, however, gives 1761 as the year of his birth. Other sources indicate that ...

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Debenham, Frank (1883–1965), geographer and polar scientist, was born at Bowral, New South Wales, on 26 December 1883, the second son of the Revd John Willmott Debenham, vicar of Bowral and schoolmaster, and his wife, Edith Cleveland. He attended the school run by his father and, after his death in 1898, by his mother, and from there went to the ...

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Frank Debenham (1883–1965) by Herbert George Ponting, 1911 ? Popperfoto

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Evans, Lewis (c. 1700–1756), cartographer and geologist, was born in Llangwnnadl, near Pwllheli, Caernarvonshire. Of his early life and parentage nothing is known. By 1736 he was a surveyor and map maker in Philadelphia. His first known work is 'A map of that part of Bucks County released by the Indians to the proprietaries of Pensilvania in September 1737'...

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John Farey (1766–1826) by White Watson?, 1807 ? reserved

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Farey, John (1766–1826), geologist and surveyor, was born on 24 September 1766 at Woburn, Bedfordshire, on the fourth duke of Bedford's estate, at the farm tenanted by his parents, John Farey (1728–1798) and his second wife, Rachel, née Wright (1732–1804), a Wesleyan Methodist. From the village school ...

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Farman, Joseph Charles [Joe] (1930–2013), Antarctic geophysicist, was born on 7 August 1930 at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich, the only son and younger child of Joseph John Farman (1894–1970), a self-employed builder, and his wife, Hannah Ellen, née Ribbons (1892–1962), a primary school teacher. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Joseph Charles Farman (1930–2013) by Anita Corbin and John O'Grady, 1989 ? Anita Corbin and John O'Grady; National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gregory, John Walter (1864–1932), geologist and explorer, was born at 18 Gainsborough Road, Mile End Old Town, London, on 27 January 1864, the son of John James Gregory, wool merchant, and his wife, Jane, née Lewis (there were also at least two daughters). He was educated at ...

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Griffith, Sir Richard John, first baronet (1784–1878), geologist and valuator, was born at 8 Hume Street, Dublin, on 20 September 1784, the eldest son of Richard Griffith (1752–1820) and his wife, Charity Yorke Bramston of Oundle, Northamptonshire. His paternal grandparents were Richard Griffith (d. 1788)...

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Haast, Sir (John Francis) Julius von [formerly Johann Franz Haast] (1822–1887), geologist and explorer, was born on 1 May 1822 at house no. 320, Bonn (now 1 Bonngasse), Germany, one of the nine children of Mathias Haast (1784–1852), tailor and lottery office keeper, and his wife, ...

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Harrison, John Vernon (1892–1972), geologist and explorer, was born on 16 March 1892 at Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, the son of J. Frederick Harrison, a civil engineer. Of Scottish parentage, he was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and Allan Glen's School, Glasgow...

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Hawkins, John (1761–1841), traveller and geologist, was born on 6 May 1761 at Trewithen, Probus, Cornwall, the fourth and youngest son of Thomas Hawkins (1724?–1766), MP for Grampound from 1747 to 1754, and his wife, Anne, daughter of James Heywood, of Austin Friars, London...

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Hind, Henry Youle (1823–1908), geologist and explorer in Canada, was born on 1 June 1823 at Nottingham, the third of five sons of Thomas Hind (d. 1845), a lace manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Youle (d. 1885). As a youth Hind...

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Horsburgh [Horsbrough], James (1762–1836), hydrographer and chart maker, was born at Elie, Fife, on 23 September 1762, the son of William Horsbrough, shoemaker, and his wife, Jean Given or Givan. In materials for an autobiographical account Horsburgh described them as 'pious, and respectable, but not opulent'; his mother, from accounts of her son's provision for her, continued to live in ...

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Hotine, Martin (1898–1968), geodesist and photogrammetrist, was born at 9 Wymond Street, Putney, on 17 June 1898, the tenth child and fourth son of Frederick Martin Hotine, a retired army officer and journalist, and his wife, Mary Louisa Golder. After an education at ...

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Koerner, Roy Martindale [Fritz] (1932–2008), glaciologist and polar explorer, was born at 40 Kimbolton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 3 July 1932, the youngest of three sons of Bernard William Koerner (1898–1974), an electrical wireman at Portsmouth Dockyard, and his wife, Minnie, née Martindale (1897–1984)...

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Leichhardt, (Friedrich Wilhelm) Ludwig (1813–1848?), natural scientist and explorer in Australia, was born on 23 October 1813 at Trebatsch, near Beeskow, then in Saxony but after 1845 in the mark of Brandenburg, Prussia, the fourth son and sixth of the eight children of ...