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