Number 388,244. August 21 1888
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author: Rich Wareham (rjw57)
This puzzle is similar to "the Wanderer". Essentially the same approach is used to solve the puzzle; one needs only work out how to interpret the grid and the hex data below it.
The text "Number 388,244. August 21 1888" is a clue to the Baudot code being its patent number and date. The grid numbers are therefore just the Baudot codes for each letter.
The hex data when converted into raw data is a GZIP encoded file. The original filename being "steps.wkb". The WKB format being a "well known binary" encoding of geographic data. In this case it is a string of points which are interpreted as per the Wanderer to get the question:
SIXTEEN OH FIVE FIVE BIT CIPHER INVENTED BY WHO
This is a reference to Bacon's cipher and so the answer is "Francis Bacon".