Mary Kingsley, adventurer
Oct. 13, 1862-June 3, 1990
Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa by Don Brown (Sagebrush, 2000)
Kingsley traveled through the pages of the books in her father's library as a child. Caregiver of her parents until the age of 30, upon their death, Kingsley traveled to Africa. When this British explorer returned to England, she wrote about her observations.
Living on Earth Today has an online profile of Mary Kingsley.