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Obituary: Sir George Bishop.

George Bishop was only eight years old when he climbed his first mountain and he went on to become a regular climber in north Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. He later took 18 expeditions to the Himalayas and his experiences are preserved in an archive of 12,000 photographs. These also show other journeys he made, such as those undertaken for the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).

Bishop was president of the society from 1983 to 1987. During this time he instigated a scientific expedition to the unexplored Kimberley area of western Australia. He and his wife, Una, made the first crossing of the King Leopold range.

Before heading the RGS, Bishop worked for the government and in industry. After leaving the London School of Economics in 1935, he worked as a statistician for the Ministry of Food and ran the emergency services division of the ministry during the war. After the war, he was private secretary to two Labour ministers of food and rose to become the youngest deputy secretary. In 1961 he joined Booker McConnell as director. At this time, the firm was mainly involved with sugar production in British Guyana. He was made vice-chairman in 1970 and chairman in 1972 and continued in this role until his retirement in 1979. George Bishop was a tremendous friend and colleague. He was warm and loyal in good times and bad.

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Author:Taylor, Jonathan
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Date:Jun 1, 1999
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