Over the past 122 years National Geographic has supported research by scientists and explorers from 111 countries, including oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, polar explorer Robert E. Peary, and primatologist Jane Goodall. Some 40 percent of all grant recipients are international, and a new program geared toward northern European scientists means this percentage will rise. Although the earliest society grantees explored for exploration’s sake, many today look for ways humanity can improve its role in the natural world.
Below are photographs of Israel Cook Russell and Krithi Karanth, two amazing explorers that bookend National Geographic’s 10,000 Grant celebration.
Want to know more? Check out more news on Krithi’s selection as NG’s 10,000th Grantee.
Want to know even MORE? Learn about NG’s Top Ten Greatest Discoveries.