Memories of Bradford Washburn

The founder of the Boston Museum of Science has died. Henry "Bradford" Washburn was 96 when he passed away, from heart failure, in Lexington on Wednesday.

He was a real-life 'Man of the Mountains'...a scientist, an explorer, a mountaineer...a cartographer, and photographer.

In an interview on WBUR in 2000, Washburn talked about what climbing meant to him, "My first connection to climbing was Mount Washington in New Hampshire. I don't think you can find any worse weather in the world than you'll encounter right on top of Mount Washington in January in a big blow. An exciting place to be. But I think having experience in these places that are normal, difficult, exciting and dangerous make wonderful memories."

To talk about wonderful memories of Bradford Washburn Michael Sfraga joins WBUR's Bob Oakes on the line from Fairbanks, Alaska. He's author of the biography, "Bradford Washburn: A Life of Exploration."

This program aired on January 12, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.



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