Honorary Citizens

Honorary Citizens

We are an ancient nation, and we share bonds with people from all over the world and from all ages. Our honorary citizens are a diverse group, but they all share our passion for exploring, collecting and our way of life.

 

Being a Unixplorian is not a matter of national identity - it is a matter of identity. Period. Unixplorians are in a state of Unixploria, not mere subjects to an insufficient collective of souls ruled over by a volatile system without roots or values.

ANNING, Mary (1799-1847)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for her achievments as a fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist. Her findings contributed to changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.

BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his achievments as a composer and musician. Listening to his music is like listening to a choir of angels; a glimpse of paradise.

BREWER-CARÍAS, Charles (1938 -)

Awarded an honorary citizenship for his achievments as an independent explorer and naturalist, following in the footsteps of the great Victorian explorers.

CELSIUS, Anders (1701 - 1744)

Awarded an honorary citizenship for proposing the Celsius temperature scale which bears his name.

COLUMBUS, Christopher (1451 - 1506)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his outstanding achievments as an explorer, and for his work on helping to spread Western culture and Christian faith.

CURIE, Marie (1867 - 1934)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for her courageous scientific contributions. Her achievements included the development of the theory of radioactivity, and she is still the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.

da VINCI, Leonardo (1452 - 1519)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for embodying the renaissance ideal. His groundbreaking artwork, numerous scientific studies and endless curiosity is an example for all Unixplorians to follow.

 

DARWIN, Charles (1809 - 1882)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for being an avid collector of natural history objects. The specimens he collected were later used to prove his groundbreaking theory of evolution and adaptation.

 

DICKENS, Charles (1812 - 1870)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for having created many of the world's best-known fictional characters and for being the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Contemporary writers such as Leo Tolstoy referred to Dickens as "that great Christian writer." He was all that and much more.

 

DOYLE, Arthur Conan (1859 - 1930)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for creating Sherlock Holmes, the best known fictional character of all time. Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works also include fantasy and science fiction, as well as plays, romances, poetry, nonfiction and historical novels.

DRINKER COPE, Edward (1840 - 1897)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his exstensive collections of fossils, and for his contributions to the study of paleontology. Cope competed with rival paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh in a period of frenzied Western American expeditions known as the Bone Wars. May they both rest in peace.

ERIKSON, Leif (c 970 - c 1020)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for being the first European to have discovered North America.

GEIJER, Erik Gustaf (1783 - 1847)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his literary legacy and contributions to chamber music. He promoted National Romanticism while being an advocate of Liberalism which in itself is an act of intellectual curiosity.

HEDIN, Sven (1825 - 1895)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his cartographic contributions. During his expeditions to Central Asia, he made the Transhimalaya known in the West and located sources of the Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej Rivers. He also mapped lake Lop Nur.

von HEIDENSTAM, Verner (1859 - 1940)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his poems and prose that are filled with a great joy of life, often imbued with a love of history and scenery, particularly its physical aspects. Heidenstam received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1916.

HEYERDAHL, Thor (1914 - 2002)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. A true explorer and adventurer.

HUXLEY, Thomas Henry (1825 - 1895)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his contributions to education. He is perhaps best known as 'Darwin's Bulldog', but he also advocated a new school system with wide a range of disciplines, similar to what is taught today.

KIRCHER, Athanasius (1602 - 1680)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for being a true polymath and a collector of note who published around 40 major works. Kircher has been compared to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interest. He set up a Wunderkammer or Curisosity Cabinet, and wrote several theses on how collecting relates to knowledge.

LINNAEUS, Carl (1707 - 1778)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his contributions to biological taxonomy, especially in botany, and for being a notable natural history collector.

MARSH, Othniel Charles (1831 - 1899)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his exstensive collections of fossils, and for his contributions to the study of paleontology. Marsh competed with rival paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope in a period of frenzied Western American expeditions known as the Bone Wars. May they both rest in peace.

MOBERG, Vilhelm (1898 - 1973)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his inspiring books. Moberg depicted the life of the dispossessed, their traditions, customs, and everyday struggle, and was a true defender of democracy.

NEWTON, Isaac (1643 - 1727)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his outstadning scientific work. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time, and a key figure in the scientific revolution. Besides from his scientific work, he was also a devout Christian. He warned against using scientific findings to view the Universe as a mere machine. He said, "Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done."

NORDENSKIÖLD, Adolf Fredrik (1832 - 1901)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his accomplishments in exploring the Arctic. The famous Vega expedition resulted in the first complete crossing of the Northeast Passage.

POE, Edgar Allan (1809 - 1849)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his literary work. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of Science Fiction. His short stories are surpassed by none.

RUDOLF II (1576 - 1612)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his patronage of the arts and sciences, as well as being a notable collector of curiosities.

RYDBERG, Viktor (1828 - 1895)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his extensive writings and scholarly persuits, and for proving that a humble background can be a stepping stone to great deeds.

SLOANE, Hans (1670 - 1753)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his work on collecting both culture and nature on a global scale, thus laying the foundations for the British Museum, the world's first public museum.

STRINDBERG, August (1849 - 1912)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his bold experiments in various literary genres as well as being a true polymath.

TEGNÉR, Esaias (1782 - 1846)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his national romantic epic Frithjof's Saga. The book still stands as the best existing impression, in imaginative form, of life in early Scandinavia.

TESLA, Nikola (1856 - 1943)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Tesla also pursued his ideas for wireless lighting and worldwide wireless electric power distribution in his high-voltage system. He even made pronouncements on the possibility of wireless communication with his devices. A true inventor.

VASA, (Queen) Christina (1626 - 1689)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for her keen interest in the arts and sciences, and for having personal opinions differing from what was expected of a reigning queen at the time.

VERNE, Jules (1828 - 1905)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his amazing stories, and for being one of the founding fathers of Science Fiction, which later resulted in the subgenre Steampunk; inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

WELLS, Herbert George (1866 - 1946)

Awarded a posthumous honorary citizenship for his amazing stories. He was a prophetic social critic and a futurist. He wrote utopian works and foresaw the advent of airplanes, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web.