By pure accident I came across this man. He was first to describe lychee fruit, one of my fav.
Michał Piotr Boym (Chinese: 卜彌格; pinyin: Bǔ Mígé; c. 1612–1659) was a Polish scientist, explorer and a Jesuit missionary to China.
He is notable as one of the first westerners to travel within the Chinese mainland, and the author of numerous works on Asian fauna, flora and geography.
Boym authored the first ever published Chinese dictionaries for European languages, both of which were published posthumously: the first, a Chinese–Latin dictionary, was published in 1667, and the second, a Chinese–French dictionary, was published in 1670.