Paweł Strzelecki Geologist
Sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki KCB CMG FRGS MRS (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpavɛw ˈɛdmunt stʂɛˈlɛt͡skʲi]; 24 June 1797 – 6 October 1873), was a Polish-born explorer and geologist who in 1845 also became a British subject. Strzelecki was born in Głuszyna (then part of South Prussia, today part of Nowe Miasto, Poznań), Greater Poland, in 1797, the third child of Franciszek Strzelecki, a Polish nobleman (Szlachta) leasing land, and his wife, Anna Raczyńska. In Australia Strzelecki was called a 'Count', though there is no proof that he actually approved or used such a title himself. Strzelecki served shortly in the Prussian army in the 6th Regiment of Thuringischen (but this claim is unlikely, because the 6th Regiment seems to have formed after 1860) Uhlans, at the time known as 'Polish Regiment' because so many Poles served on the staff.(unsubstantiated - Streslecki also claimed to be a count, however there is no evidence that he was entitled to this title.) However the stiff Prussian drill did not agree with his character and he submitted his resignation and returned home.
|Date of birth|
|July 20th, 1797|
1846 Founder's Gold Medal
|Awarded for||Presented by||Discipline||Award shared with|
For exploration in the south eastern portion of Australia
Royal Geographical Society