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List of Famous Explorers

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List of famous explorers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top explorers in the world? This includes the most prominent explorers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable explorers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic explorers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned explorers.

Items here include everything from Meriwether Lewis to Christopher Columbus.

From reputable, prominent, and well known explorers to the lesser known explorers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the explorer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous explorers ever?" and "What are the names of famous explorers?" then you're in the right place. (173 items)
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    James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Explorers
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    James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer who has directed the two biggest box office films of all time. He first found major success with the science-fiction hit The Terminator. He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to ...more

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    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Kapuskasing, Canada
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor, + more
    • Credits: Aliens, Titanic, Avatar, Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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    Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Explorers
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    Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, Lindbergh emerged suddenly from virtual obscurity to instantaneous world fame as the result of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1902-1974)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Inventor, Author, Peace activist, Explorer, + more
    • Credits: Charles A. Lindbergh: Hero of the Air
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    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1917-2008)
    • Birthplace: Minehead
    • Profession: Novelist, Inventor, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, The Colours of Infinity, Childhood's End
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    Christopher Columbus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Explorers
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    Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer, citizen of the Republic of Genoa. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1451-1506)
    • Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
    • Profession: Navigator, Sailor, Explorer
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    Ferdinand Magellan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Explorers
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    Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Born into a wealthy Portuguese family in around 1480, Magellan became a skilled sailor and naval officer and was eventually ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1480-1521)
    • Birthplace: Sabrosa Municipality, Portugal
    • Profession: Navigator, Sailor, Explorer
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    Roald Amundsen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Explorers
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    Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the Antarctic expedition that was the first to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911. In 1926 he was the first expedition leader to be recognized without dispute as having reached the North Pole. He is also known as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1872-1928)
    • Birthplace: Borge, Østfold
    • Profession: Author, Explorer
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    James Cook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Explorers
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    Captain James Cook, FRS, RN was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1728-1779)
    • Birthplace: Marton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Sailor, Explorer
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    Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Explorers
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    Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde, a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia, and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1254-1324)
    • Birthplace: Republic of Venice
    • Profession: Merchant, Explorer
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