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List of notable or famous explorers from England, with bios and photos, including the top explorers born in England and even some popular explorers who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English explorers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These explorers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known explorer from England is included when available.

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This historic explorers from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English explorers of note?" and "Who are the most famous explorers from England?" These prominent explorers of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English explorers.

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Bill Tilman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Explorers from England
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Major Harold William "Bill" Tilman, CBE, DSO, MC and Bar, was an English mountaineer and explorer, renowned for his Himalayan climbs and sailing voyages. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 79 (1898-1977)

Birthplace: Wallasey, United Kingdom

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Henry Hudson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Explorers from England
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Henry Hudson was an English sea explorer and navigator in the early 17th century. Hudson made two attempts on behalf of English merchants to find a prospective Northwest Passage to Cathay via a route above the Arctic Circle. Hudson explored the region around modern New York metropolitan area while looking for a western route to Asia while in the employment of the Dutch East India Company. He explored the river which eventually was named for him, and laid thereby the foundation for Dutch colonization of the region. Hudson discovered a strait and immense bay on his final expedition while searching for the Northwest Passage. In 1611, after wintering on the shore of James Bay, Hudson wanted to ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: England

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James Owen Merion Roberts MVO MBE MC was one of the greatest Himalayan mountaineer-explorers of the twentieth century; a highly decorated British Army officer who achieved his greatest renown as "the father of trekking" in Nepal. His exploratory activities are comparable to those of Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman. Born in England, Roberts spent his early life in India, where his father was a headmaster. He joined the British Indian Army in 1936 as a 19-year-old subaltern to satisfy his ardent craving for mountaineering, and was posted to the 1st Gurkha Rifles. His first major expedition was in 1938 to Masherbrum, 7890 metres, in the Karakorams: the weather was bad, the attempt was unsuccessful ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 81 (1916-1997)

Birthplace: England

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John Bicknell Auden was an English geologist and explorer, and an official with the World Health Organization. He worked for many years with the Geological Survey of India. Auden's Col is named after him. Auden was born in York, the second son of George Augustus Auden and older brother of W. H. Auden. He was educated at St Edmund's School, Hindhead, a Surrey prep school, Marlborough College, and Cambridge. In 1926 he joined the Geological Survey of India, where he remained until he retired in the early 1950s. His exploration and mapping of the high Karakoram region of the Himalayas was the subject of Eric Shipton's Blank on the Map. In 1940 he was elected president of the Geological ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 88 (1903-1991)

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