«Dr. Bradford Washburn, born in Cambridge (Massachusetts) in 1910, was for many years the guiding spirit of the ambitious enterprise of mapping, from 1982 to 1991, the roof of the world, Mount Everest, 8850 metres, on a scale of 1:50 000. At present he is working with a brilliant team of geophysicists on the plate tectonics of the Everest region and the rate at which the mountain still continues to rise – possibly by as much as 4 to 5 centimetres per year.
Expert photographer and mountaineer, mapper of Mt. Everest, Mt. McKinley, the Grand Canyon and New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, director and builder of the Boston Museum of Science from 1939 to 1980, Bradford Washburn has organized and led many scientific, photographic and exploratory expeditions in North America and Asia.»
Albert Mountain Award 1994
Bradford Washburn died on 10 January 2007 in Lexington, USA.