|Died||22 July 1893 (aged 79)|
Kensington, London, England
|Burial place||St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland|
|Education||University of Edinburgh|
|Occupation||Physician, explorer, chief factor|
|Employer||Hudson's Bay Company|
|Known for||Report on the fate of Franklin's lost expedition|
Rae explored the Gulf of Boothia, northwest of the Hudson Bay, from 1846 to 1847, and the Arctic coast near Victoria Island from 1848 to 1851. In 1854, back in the Gulf of Boothia, he obtained credible information from local Inuit peoples about the fate of the Franklin Expedition, which had disappeared in the area in 1848. Rae was noted for his physical stamina, skill at hunting, boat handling, use of native methods, and ability to travel long distances with little equipment while living off the land.