THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (WITH IBG)
Theodore Howard Somervell
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(1890–1975)
Howard Somervell was a crucial member of the 1922 and 1924 expeditions: In 1922 he reached 26,985 feet (8227 m) and in 1924 accompanied Norton as far as 28,000 feet (8530 m).
Following a Double First in natural sciences at Cambridge, Somervell qualified as a surgeon, and was immediately plunged into the horrors of World War I. Compassionate, brilliant, and versatile, he was not only an experienced alpine climber, but also a talented landscape painter and musician, who found a close friend in Mallory. After the 1922 expedition, Somervell turned his back on a prestigious surgeon’s job that could have been his in London and instead worked for nearly 40 years as a missionary doctor in South India before retiring to the English Lake District.
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