British explorer. Henry George Watkins was born in 1907 into a British military family, and he died in the Arctic in 1932. In many ways he was similar to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, both in his privileged background and in his desire to seek out wild places. But Watkins also had an organizing drive that was astonishing. He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, in the fall of 1925, and at once showed his interest in aviation by becoming the first member of Cambridge University Air Squadron. His studies cannot have been a major preoccupation, for he almost at once also began organizing expeditions of exploration.
From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: World History.