(19 Nov 1875 - 6 Jun 1956)
American archaeologist and politician who (re-)discovered the abandoned Inca city of Machu Picchu in a remote part of the Peruvian Andes. It became one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Americas.
Science Quotes by Hiram Bingham (1 quote)
The ruins of Machu Picchu are perched on top of a steep ridge in the most inaccessible corner of the most inaccessible section of the central Andes. No part of the highlands of Peru has been better defended by natural bulwarksa stupendous canyon whose rim is more than a mile above the river, whose rock is granite, and whose precipices are frequently a thousand feet sheer.
— Hiram Bingham
As quoted in Mark Collins Jenkins (ed.), National Geographic 125 Years: Legendary Photographs, Adventures, and Discoveries (2012), 70, citing Machu Picchu: A Citadel of the Incas (1930).
- - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Bingham's birth. 19 Nov
- Lost City of the Incas, by Hiram Bingham. - book suggestion.
- Booklist for Machu Picchu.