Today’s Date: Birth of an Explorer

Daniel Deleuran
January 15th, 2016

This article is more than 7 years old.

An influential man working towards influential discoveries

An explorer’s box of tools (photo: Dariusz Sankowski)

On this day in 1870, the famous Danish captain and explorer Johan Peter Koch was born.

He was heavily involved in Admiral Georg Carl Amdrup’s month-long expedition to east Greenland in 1900 and a later survey of Iceland.

The expeditions were extremely successful, obtaining significant botanical, geological and zoological specimens.

Reportedly, the crew also brought back a live musk ox and ten lemmings for unexplained reasons.


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