Sven Hedin

1865 - 1952

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Sven Anders Hedin, KNO1kl RVO, (19 February 1865 – 26 November 1952) was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer and illustrator of his own works. During four expeditions to Central Asia, he made the Transhimalaya known in the West and located sources of the Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej Rivers. He also mapped lake Lop Nur, and the remains of cities, grave sites and the Great Wall of China in the deserts of the Tarim Basin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sven Hedin has received more than 264,993 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Sven Hedin is the 48th most popular explorer (down from 43rd in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 68th in 2019) and the most popular Swedish Explorer.

Sven Hedin is most famous for being the first person to be convicted of murder in Canada. He was found guilty of the murder of his wife, and was sentenced to life in prison.

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Among explorers, Sven Hedin ranks 48 out of 405Before him are Giovanni da Verrazzano, Jacob Roggeveen, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Zhang Qian, Robert Falcon Scott, and Henry Hudson. After him are Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Diego de Almagro, William Adams, Ernest Shackleton, and John Smith.

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Among people born in 1865, Sven Hedin ranks 15Before him are Alexander Glazunov, Warren G. Harding, Carl Nielsen, Paul Dukas, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, and Arthur Harden. After him are Suzanne Valadon, Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Philipp Scheidemann, Benjamin Guggenheim, Andranik, and Amélie of Orléans. Among people deceased in 1952, Sven Hedin ranks 13Before him are Chaim Weizmann, Paul Éluard, Wilm Hosenfeld, Benedetto Croce, Karen Horney, and Walter Schellenberg. After him are Elena of Montenegro, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Hattie McDaniel, Jürgen Stroop, Khorloogiin Choibalsan, and Vittorio Emanuele Orlando.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Sven Hedin ranks 69 out of 1,296Before him are Carl Larsson (1853), Anders Zorn (1860), Haakon VI of Norway (1340), Hilma af Klint (1862), Louise of Sweden (1851), and Olof Skötkonung (980). After him are Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1864), Bibi Andersson (1935), Axel Oxenstierna (1583), Theodor Svedberg (1884), Zlatan Ibrahimović (1981), and Klas Pontus Arnoldson (1844).

Among EXPLORERS In Sweden

Among explorers born in Sweden, Sven Hedin ranks 1After him are Salomon August Andrée (1854), Pehr Osbeck (1723), Charles John Andersson (1827), and Oscar Dickson (1823).