THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (WITH IBG)
Gordon Noel Humphreys
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(1883–1966)
Noel Humphreys joined the 1936 expedition as a 53-year-old doctor with a remarkable series of careers already behind him: as a surveyor, pilot, botanist, and explorer.
Humphreys’s surveying work took him to Mexico (1910–12) and to Uganda after World War I, where he made seven expeditions to the Ruwenzori mountains. As an officer with the Royal Flying Corps he was shot down in 1915, but used his time in prison to become an expert botanist.
Like Wollaston, Humphreys viewed medicine as a means to exploration: He qualified as a doctor in 1931 while living on a pittance in a London attic. This kind-hearted, energetic man eventually retired to a family life in Devon.
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