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Bourdillon, Thomas Duncan (1924-1956)
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Bourdillon, Thomas Duncan  (1924-1956)
Biography:
Physicist Bourdillon sprang to prominence in the immediate post-war period when he led the British charge back into the Alps. His ascent of the North Face of the Dru with Nicol in 1950 was a wake-up call to a British alpine scene which had not progressed since the 1930s. Bourdillon graduated to the expedition circuit of the day, visiting Everest on the 1951 reconnaissance with Eric Shipton,and was on Cho Oyu in 1952. In 1953 he was back on Everest with the successful 1953 British Commonwealth expedition. He narrowly missed out on being the first to bag the summit, reaching the South Summit (thereby briefly holding the world altitude record) before having to turn back due to a faulty oxygen apparatus (which, incidentally, his father had helped to develop). A glittering mountaineering career seemed assured, but was cruelly cut short when Bourdillon was killed climbing in the Bernese Oberland.


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Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
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2006-08-06 00:00:00
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Maxine Willett
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