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With 405 biographies, Explorers are the 32nd most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Chemists, Physicians, and Architects.

Pantheon has 406 people classified as explorers born between 633 BC and 1995. Of these 406, 10 (2.46%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living explorers include Don Walsh, Bertrand Piccard, and Ed Stafford. The most famous deceased explorers include Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Ferdinand Magellan. As of October 2020, 37 new explorers have been added to Pantheon including Hans Staden, Knut Haugland, and Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon.

Living Explorers

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Deceased Explorers

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Newly Added Explorers (2020)

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Most explorers were born in United Kingdom (73), Spain (46), and United States (33). By city, the most common birth places were Norway (5), Paris (5), and London (5).The most common death places of explorers were United Kingdom (53), United States (38), and Russia (32). By city, these were London (21), Paris (10), and Saint Petersburg (8).

The earliest biographies classified as explorers in Pantheon are Himilco, Scylax of Caryanda, and Hanno the Navigator.  The concentration of explorers was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier explorers are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Explorers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Explorers since 1700.

Explorers are found within the Exploration domain which also includes Astronauts.