Albert Louis Hugo Grothe (1869-1954) was a German politician, geographer and traveller. He took a keen interest in various fields like economical development, anthropology, archeology and geology. Between 1896 and 1912 he undertook several journeys in the Ottoman Empire, each of which he published about.
- in 1903" "auf türkischer Erde. Reisebilder und Studien" ("on Turkish soil. Travel pictures and studies")
- in 1911: "Meine Vorderasien-Expedition von 1906 und 1907" ("My expedition in the Middle East")
- in 1913: "Durch Albanien und Montenegro" ("Through Albania and Montenegro")
As his father worked in the construction of the Berlin-Baghdad railway, he took a close interest in the promotion of German interests in the Middle East. Reports from British representatives in the area show that they were highly distrustful of Grothe's intentions and amongst others feared that he was interested in the detection of petroleum.