Anthony Smith – Captain
Anthony Smith (born March 30, 1926) is, among other things, an explorer, author and former Tomorrow’s World television presenter. He is perhaps best known for his bestselling work The Body (originally published in 1968 and later renamed The Human Body), which has sold over 800,000 copies worldwide and tied in with a BBC television series, known in America by the name Intimate Universe: The Human Body. The series aired in 1998 and was presented by Professor Robert Winston.
Smith read zoology at Balliol College, Oxford and wrote as a science correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He also worked extensively in both television and radio, writing for several
natural history programmes.
Smith’s first expedition was to Persia, exploring the Qanat underground irrigation tunnels. This expedition was documented in the book Blind White Fish in Persia; a species of fish which he discovered is named after him
He was the first Briton to cross the Alps in a balloon. He led an expedition (with Douglas Botting) to fly a balloon from Zanzibar to East Africa, and then across the Ngorongoro crater (Documented in Throw out two Hands).
In 2003 he wrote The Lost Lady of the Amazon: The Story of Isabela Godin and Her Epic Journey about Jean Godin des Odonais.
Smith now resides in Thame, Oxfordshire, UK.