John Rae (1813-1893) was a Scottish doctor and explorer born in Orkney, Scotland. He discovered his love of nature and exploration while working for the Hudson's Bay Company as a surgeon in Moose Factory, Ontario, once walking 1,900 kilometres over two months in the winter forest in order to learn how to survey. While exploring the Boothia Peninsula in 1854, he obtained the first information about the fate of the missing Franklin expedition. Rae continued as an explorer into his 70s. He died in London on July 22, 1893.
The award-winning author of ten books, Ken McGoogan is best known for Fatal Passage: The Untold Story of John Rae, the Arctic Explorer Who Discovered the Fate of Franklin. That work won the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the CAA History Award, and an American Christopher Award for "a work of artistic excellence that affirms the highest values of the human spirit." With his related book, Lady Franklin's Revenge, Ken added the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography and the Pierre Berton Award for History. He writes a column for Canada's History magazine, recently published How the Scots Invented Canada, and teaches a creative non-fiction course through the University of Toronto and the New York Times Knowledge Network. Ken also makes a cameo appearance in the acclaimed docudrama Passage, which is based on Fatal Passage. Please visit kenmcgoogan.blogspot.com.