Swedish explorer of central Asia. Sven Anders Hedin was born in Stockholm, where he attended the city's university. His first post was in Baku, from which he traveled in Persia and Ottoman Turkey and learned Persian and Tatar. Hedin then attended the universities of Uppsala and Berlin, studying geography and geology. In 1890 he carried out a lengthy journey across Russian Turkistan to Kashgar, a journey that was not exploratory but rather a reconnaissance for future expeditions. In 1891 he received his PhD from the University of Halle.
From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.
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