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Elisha (Kent) Kane

surgeon expedition arctic

Physician and Arctic explorer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Entering the US Navy as a surgeon, he visited China, the East Indies, Arabia, Egypt, Europe, W Africa, and Mexico. He sailed as surgeon and naturalist with the first expedition (1850–1) in search of Sir John Franklin, who had been missing since 1845. He then commanded a second Arctic expedition (1853–5), which had no greater success. The Kane Basin is named after him.

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