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Albert Yu-Min Lin Research Scientist and Engineer

Photo: Albert Lin

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Photo: Albert Yu-Min Lin
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For centuries, historians have wondered about the location of the tomb of Genghis Khan, the legendary ruler who united Mongolia’s feuding tribes and led them on a campaign of conquest unequalled in world history. Mongolian custom states that Genghis’s underground burial site was meant to stay hidden, and that disturbing his resting place would unleash a curse that would end the world. So the site has remained undiscovered, protected by a strong cultural taboo against disturbing what is viewed as a sacred place.

Enter Albert Yu-min Lin, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and pioneer of the use of digital technology to “crowd-source” scientific discovery. His Valley of the Khans Project uses satellite imagery, ground-penetrating radar, and remote sensors to identify and investigate archaeological sites without disturbing them—thereby maintaining respect for local customs. Guided by the eyes of thousands of volunteers who have identified promising search locations via the Field Expedition: Mongolia website, Lin and his team have conducted several expeditions in Mongolia, and have zeroed in what they believe may indeed be the last resting place of Genghis Khan.

Lin was honored as National Geographic Adventure magazine’s “2010 Readers’ Choice Adventurer of the Year” and is a fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club.

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The Search for the Tomb of Genghis Khan
Lin heads a major international effort known as the Valley of the Khans Project, a non-invasive, technology-based search for the tomb of Genghis Khan in Mongolia. Find out more about this fascinating combination of high-tech tools and old-fashioned ground level investigation—conducted while living in yurts and crossing on horseback in Mongolia’s rugged terrain—from a true 21st-century explorer.

Beyond All Barriers: Thinking at the Cutting Edge
From building drones in a garage to developing a highly successful crowdsourcing platform, Lin explores problem-solving in a complex world.

Adventure to Venture; How Great Projects Are Built
At the frontiers of exploration are some of the most fascinating stories of leadership. Lin’s journey takes him from couch surfing to leading 30 men into the wild mountains of northern Mongolia, followed by a multimillion-dollar exit on a crowdsourcing tech startup.

Learn More About Albert

Albert Yu-Min Lin’s Website

Emerging Explorer Profile

Newsweek: The Hunt for Genghis Khan’s Tomb

Photo:Albert Lin thinking

Boyd Matson Interviews Albert

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