THE DANGEROUS SORT : The story of a balloon
Anthony John Francis Smith ( March 30th, 1926 - July 7th, 2014 ) was born in Taplow ( Buckinghamshire, England ).
Anthony Smith read zoology at Balliol College, Oxford ( Oxforshire, England ), became a pilot in the R.A.F. and went on to write as a science correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He also worked extensively in both television and radio, writing for several natural history programmes.
Anthony Smith's first expedition was to Persia ( present - day Iran ), exploring the Qanat underground irrigation tunnels. This expedition was documented in his book Blind White Fish in Persia ; a species of fish that he discovered and is named after him.
In 1962, he led " The Sunday Telegraph Balloon Safari " expedition, flying a hydrogen balloon from Zanzibar to East Africa, and then across the Ngorongoro crater ( Tanzania, documented in Throw Out Two Hands ). The following year, he became the first Briton to cross the Alps in a balloon.
In the late 1990's, Anthony Smith was instrumental in securing an exhibit for the Imperial War Museum ( London, England ). The " Jolly Boat ", a small lifeboat launched from the SS Anglo Saxon on August 21st, 1940, after its sinking by the German auxiliary cruiser " Widder " ( Schiff 21, Raider D ). Anthony Smith, personally interested in the story of the lifeboat, secured its return in 1997, after which it was restored for display in 1998.
He continued both travelling and writing well into his later years whilst residing in London.
( source : Wikipedia )