Betty Adamson (1917-2000) epitomized the spirit of independence of mind. During the Second World War she lived in Malvern, Worcestershire, England where she farmed chickens and grew vegetables. After her husband passed away, she spent the rest of her life in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England with her extraordinary dogs and a remarkable parrot. She took a life-long interest in astronomy and travel and particularly relished stories of adventure that had within them a roguish sense of independence and involved youth. She would not hesitate to contribute some money to expeditions or travels in which she saw this spirit.
The Betty Adamson Expedition Award will be administered in arbitrary years to an expedition that demonstrates a sense of adventure slightly out of the ordinary and that demonstrates a courageous willingness to go against the grain in pursuit of an objective whose outcome is by no means certain.
Current Value: £400/$650