Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was an English explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.
Burton's best-known achievements include a well-documented journey to Mecca, in disguise at a time when Europeans were forbidden access on pain of death; a journey with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile; and English translations of ancient literary classics.
Sir Richard Francis Burton in RiverworldEdit
Richard Burton was chosen for resurrection on Riverworld, however he awoke in the birthing chamber before he was supposed to.