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Bradford Washburn, one of the great names in 20th century geography, photography, and mountaineering, died last Wednesday at age 96, according the New York Times.

Washburn, who for years served as director of the Museum of Science in Boston, will undoubtedly be best known for his contributions to cartography. Often working with the National Geographic Society, he used innovative approaches to measuring and mapping large-scale areas, such as the Grand Canyon and Mount McKinley (also known as Denali) in Alaska. ›But as far as I’m concerned his great contribution came in the form of photographs and adventure.