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Nicolae Milescu (1636—1708) - was a Moldavian writer, traveler, geographer, and diplomat. In 1675, he was named ambassador of the Tsardom of Russia to Beijing, the capital of Qing China, returning in 1678.

Prince Dimitrie Ghika-Comanesti - explored Africa 1894-1895: the interior of Somaliland and Abyssinia. Made botanical discoveries and brought back zoological specimens for the Natural History Museum in Bucharest.

Prince Nicolas Ghika-Comanesti - son of Dimitrie Ghika-Comanesti, with whom he explored Africa in 1894-1895: the interior of British Somaliland. Afterwards, on his own he made voyages to Northern Africa and Sahara in 1899 and to Canada and Alaska (Kodiak I.) in 1910.

Julius Popper (1857–1893) - a brilliant engineer and an opportunistic adventurer, extremely lucky gold seeker, he studied the extremity of South America (Patagonia & Tierra Del Fuego).

Ilarie Mitrea (1842–1904) - a doctor in the colonial Dutch Army, in 1869 travelled deeply into the Indonesian Archipelago (Kalimantan, Sumtra, Sulawesi, Batak and eastern Papua New Guinea) collecting specimens of plants and animals for the Romanian National Natural History Museum.

Mihai Tican-Rumano - son of a small town lumberjack, an adventurer, hunter, globetrotter and writer, he traveled to central East Africa in 1925 where he hunted, studied cannibalism first hand.

Florica Sas (1826–1913), wife of Sir Samuel White Baker, with an amazing history, was active with her expedition leader husband in Africa as full participant.

Emil Racoviţă or Racovitza (1868–1947) - traveled to Patagonia, Tierra Del Fuego but most notably he is remembered for his research in Antarctica on board the ship "Belgica". He was one of the world's foremost cave explorers, and the international founder for the science of biospeology (study of life in caves).

Sever Pleniceanu (1867–1924) - doctor, officer and cartographer, he went deep into the interior of the Congo for three years, contracted by the Belgian colonial army. Studied equatorial forest pigmy tribes.

Bazil Assan (1860–1918) - In 1896-1897 he travelled and studied Lapland, the Arctic, Spitsbergen Islands, discovering new islands. Afterwards, he voyaged fully around the world and on his return, with the King of Romania's permission, boarded the "Elisabeta" warship and took possession of certain unclaimed islands in the Pacific for Romania, but the project fell short for financial reasons.

Grigoriu Ştefănescu (1836–1911) geologist, mineralogist and paleontologist, mainly interested in volcanoes, he researched at the end of 19th century such places as Yellowstone, Mexico, Caucasus, Siberia, Lake Baikal, Scandinavia and wrote eleven books.

Dumbravă Constantin (1898–1935) - explorer of Greenland, led a ten month expedition in 1928 in Angmassalik region, then, in 1930 to 1931 he crossed the entire island and studied the Eskimos.

Teodor Negoiţă (b. September 27, 1947 - ...) is a polar region explorer. In 1995, became the first Romanian explorer who reached the North Pole. Nowadays, he runs the first permanent Romanian research and exploration station in Antarctica, the Law-Racovita Station, which he established in 2006.

Francisc Bidner - (1824–1875), German origins,; a prosperous pharmacist by profession, he traveled to Sudan and Congo, studying the Nile and Congo, being the first European to have visited some places. He filled the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu Romania with natural specimens but most notably with ethnographic pieces. He was the first European to see the Akka pigmies, while at a royal court. He also made studies of the gorillas. Bidner is little known as minimal literature has been preserved on him.
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source: wikipedia

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