1981 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: United Kingdom

John Hunt
United Kingdom, 1910-1998

The Right Honourable John, Lord Hunt, K.G., D.S.O., president of the Royal Geographical Society of London, was the leader of the British expedition to Mount Everest in 1953, the first ascent of the world's highest mountain. 


Lord Hunt completed his degree at Marlborough College, and went on to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, passing out top of his year. Since that time, he has been granted many honorary degrees.


Following Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, and served initially in India and Burma. He commanded a Brigade of the 4th Indian Division, and subsequently served in staff appointments at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and with the British Army in Germany. Among other decorations during his military career, he was awarded the C.B.E. and the D.S.O.


ln 1965, he was invited by Prince Philip to be the first Director of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. In June 1979, he was awarded the Knight of the Garter Decoration.

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