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John Menlove Edwards
(1910 - 1958) U.K.

John M. Edwards

Psychiatrist and athlete


Edwards was a gay rock-climber. While studing psychological medicine at Liverpool University, he played hockey and cricket and also helped found Liverpool University Rock-Climbing Club (the first of its kind in Britain) in 1930.

He is often regarded as the father of the modern sport of rock-climbing. In 1935, Edwards fell in love with Wilfred Noyce, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy. They spent much time together, and in 1936 they worked together on a guidebook for the Climbers' Club.

Edwards committed suicide after many years of bouts with depression and paranoia.


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