Lewis Gordon Pugh
, OIG (born 5 December 1969) is a British environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer and endurance swimmer.
Pugh was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean. He frequently swims in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight and is best known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole
in 2007 to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice and for swimming across a glacial lake under the summit of Mount Everest
in 2010 to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas
, and the impact the reduced water supply will have on world peace.
In 2010 he was named a Young Global Leader
by the World Economic Forum
for his "potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership."
Early life and family
Pugh was born in Plymouth
, England. His father, Surgeon Rear Admiral P.D. Gordon Pugh
was a surgeon in the Royal Navy
and a prolific collector of ceramics of the Victorian era. His mother, Margery Pugh was a Senior Nursing Sister in Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service
. Pugh is a descendant of William Carey
the famous missionary. His father's cousin, Carey Heydenrych, participated in the "Great Escape" from the German POW camp Stalag Luft III
during the Second World War.In 2009 Pugh married Antoinette Malherbe, whom he met at school.
Pugh grew up on the edge of......