Wade Davis

Author, Anthropologist

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis is an anthropologist, writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, from Africa to Australia, and from Polynesia to the Arctic. He has lived for extended periods among indigenous communities, learning and recording their complex rituals and customs. Wade is the author of 17 bestselling books including The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), One River (1996), The Wayfinders (2009), and The Sacred Headwaters (2011). His latest book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, won the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize, the top non-fiction prize in the English language. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic Channel. Wade is one of 20 Honorary Members of the Explorers Club. In 2009, he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation. He is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers Club, and the 2012 David Fairchild Medal, the most prestigious award for botanical exploration.