Professor George Ingle Finch, FRS
George Finch reached 27,300 feet (8320 m) on Everest in 1922 accompanied by Geoffrey Bruce, both men using oxygen.
Finch was a firebrand – Australian by birth, but raised as a German-speaker in Switzerland, where he both climbed and studied physical sciences at Geneva University. Finch fell out with the Everest Committee after 1922, but his pioneering work on oxygen, which he pursued with messianic zeal, remained crucial to future expeditions. From 1936 to 1952 Finch was Professor of Applied Physical Chemistry at Imperial College, London. He never climbed in the Himalayas again, but remained a strong devotee of the Alpine Club, of which he became President.