Michael Phelps Ward, CBE, MD, FRCS
In early 1951, Michael Ward, examining forgotten photos and maps in the RGS archives, identified a possible route up the Nepalese side of Everest. Together with Bill Murray, he initiated and took part in Shipton’s 1951 reconnaissance. In 1951–52, he worked with Pugh on the high-altitude medical problem, and was a climbing member, as well as medical officer of the 1953 party.
After the 1953 expedition he became a consultant surgeon. He has continued over the past 50 years with mountain exploration in Asia, and with high-altitude medical research. He has co-authored a standard work on this subject, and has also been Master of the Society of Apothecaries of London.