I'm making a card game, and I need a title for a card which describes people who travel and explore for the joy of learning and sharing that knowledge - a combination of scientists and explorers.

I'd like a name for them that doesn't sound too pretentious or contrived, but gets the point across.

Any ideas?

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    Indiana's father called him Junior. – bib Jan 25 '14 at 21:31
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    Explorer fits the bill just fine. You can't be suggesting explorers do not travel for the joy of learning and sharing that knowledge. – RegDwigнt Jan 25 '14 at 21:36
  • I'm after something more scientific than explorer, something that evokes scientific exploration, rather than exploring for the sake of being first to go somewhere/do something. – Jackson Pope Jan 25 '14 at 21:46
  • I think learner would be the term for those who actually find the learning joyful. Exploring is just a consequence. To be specific, I'm thinking of these two kinds of learners in particular: self-learner, and life-long learner. – Damkerng T. Jan 26 '14 at 15:56

Pioneer is not a bad single word: a person who is among the first to research and develop a new area of knowledge or activity.


As you say two words may be acceptable, you could have Pioneering Explorer.

  • I went with Pioneering Scientists, which better fits the theme, but you put me on the right track. – Jackson Pope Jan 28 '14 at 9:45

one possibility is discoverer.

discover: to notice or learn, especially by making an effort; to be the first, or the first of one's group or kind, to find, learn of, or observe.

Synonyms: discover, ascertain, determine, learn

This verbs mean to gain knowledge or awareness of something not known before: discovered a star in a distant galaxy; ascertaining the facts; tried to determine the origins of the problem; learned the sad news from the radio.


A more scientific term than explorer which might appeal to the OP is

Ethnographer : An anthropologist who studies different human cultures

The descriptive study of a particular human society or the process of making such a study. Contemporary ethnography is based almost entirely on fieldwork and requires the complete immersion of the anthropologist in the culture and everyday life of the people who are the subject of his study.


The description of other ways of life is an activity with roots in ancient times. Herodotus, the Greek traveler and historian of the 5th century bc, wrote of some 50 different peoples he encountered or heard of, remarking on their laws, social customs, religion, and appearance. Beginning with the age of exploration and continuing into the early 20th century, detailed accounts of non-European peoples were rendered by European traders, missionaries, and, later, colonial administrators. [...]

Many ethnographers reside in the field for a year or more, learning the local language or dialect and, to the greatest extent possible, participating in everyday life while at the same time maintaining an observer’s objective detachment. This method, called participant-observation, while necessary and useful for gaining a thorough understanding of a foreign culture is in practice quite difficult.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • Many of the types described may fit your suggestion, but what about the polar explorers or those who traipse jungles uninhabited by people? – bib Jan 25 '14 at 23:09
  • @bib I wouldn't call them ethnographers then, as I understand the term. If a jungle or a polar region is uninhabited, there would be no culture or people to study or learn from, unless a previous civilization had left some traces of their existence. – Mari-Lou A Jan 25 '14 at 23:23

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