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A discoverer is generally used to describe people who observe something that exists independently and make this knowledge available to an indefinite public (e.g. a culture) as a discovery . There can be several discoverers of the same phenomenon, as the following well-known example makes clear:

  • Around 28,000 BC, Paleo-Indians first discovered a way in which the colonization of America became possible. All of the groups who immigrated afterwards had to find new paths independently again and again.
  • Around 1000 AD, Vikings discovered America ( Vinland ) under the leadership of Leif Eriksson . Knowledge of this discovery was probably limited to a small group.
  • Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492 . This is true even if he was not the first person to step on American soil.
  • In 1504, Amerigo Vespucci published the discovery that the areas discovered by Columbus are not islands off the east coast of Asia, but are an independent continent .

Further examples of the broad meaning of the word discoverer :

See also


  • Dietmar Henze: Encyclopedia of the explorers and explorers of the earth , Akad. Druck- und Verlags-Anstalt, Graz 1978-2004. New edition expanded by a 6th volume: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 2011, ISBN


  • Isaac Asimov : 500,000 years of inventions and discoveries. Bechtermünz, Augsburg 1996.

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