Charles Houston and Robert Bates organized the American expeditions to K2 in 1938 and 1953. Houston, a doctor of internal medicine, teaches at the University of Vermont. Bates, a past president of the American Alpine Club, received his doctorate in English and taught at Phillips Exeter Academy.
David Harris is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences, College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth
Ellen J. Zeman, PH.D., has written for and edited scientific and medical journals, encyclopedias, and books.