1698 William Dampier, naturalist, explorer and buccaneer (August 1651 - March 1715). A posthumous 1787 Copperplate engraving by Charles Sherwin after the 1698 painting by T. Murray. On the engraving, Dampier holds his book Dampiers Voyages" (A New Voyage Round the World" 1697). Dampier was famously described as "a pirate of exquisite mind" and became a fashionable friend of the Royal Society after his accounts of his explorations were published. As a sailor and Buccaneer he was the first man to go three times around the world - under the pirate Captains; Sharp, Swan, Davis and Cooke. He took careful notes of the natural history he saw, becoming the first man to describe many features of Australia, New Guinea and Galapagos. Darwin much...
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
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