Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones is an environmental historian, writer, expedition leader and expert contributor for television and radio.
Huw studied at University of Cambridge, where he graduated in 2007 with a PhD in Arctic,Visual Culture, Environment Exploration. Following his degree, Huw has written award-winning books, that have now been published in eighteen languages. Huw’s books include Imagining the Arctic, Explorers’ Sketchbooks, Ocean Portraits, The Lifeboat, The Crossing of Antarctica, In Search of the South Pole, The Conquest of Everest, and The Writer’s Map, which just won the Edward Stanford Award for Illustrated book of the Year. He is currently at work on new books for next year – The Sea Journal, Sledge Dog and Archipelago – and a larger ongoing research project relating to wild nature and environmental histories of photography.
Huw is a highly accomplished and charismatic lecturer in the last few years has taught in lecture halls, at festivals, on expedition cruise ships, beside glaciers, and on remote volcanic islands, from the South Pacific to the High Arctic. He is also a much sought after keynote speaker, he has presented to the Royal Geographical Society, the Natural History Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, the Plymouth Scott 100 Conference, the Sir Ernest Shackleton Conference, the Travellers Club in Pall Mall, the Explorers Club in New York, the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Harvard University, the American Philosophical Society and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. When he’s not speaking or writing, Huw likes to navigate boats into the ice, taking visitors to the Arctic to see whales and polar bears in the wild, or to head to Antarctica, to see penguin rookeries, albatross colonies, and yet more ice!
Huw has also appeared as an expert in many programmes including BBC4’s Everest Revealed: Imagining the Himalayas, Antarctica Natural Histories of Ice, and the three-part series Wilderness Explored: Arctic, Central Australia, Congo. He has also contributed to BBC 2’s Frank Wild: Surviving Antarctica, Channel 4’s Franklin’s Lost Ships, and ABC’s Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery.