Ian McNaught-Davis

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Ian McNaught-Davis
Ian McNaught-Davis 2009.jpg
McNaught-Davis at 2009 Climbers' Club Welsh Dinner[1]
Born (1929-08-30)30 August 1929
Died 10 February 2014(2014-02-10) (aged 84)
Other names Mac[2]
Known for Mountaineering, climbing,
BBC Computer Literacy Project

Ian McNaught-Davis (30 August 1929 – 10 February 2014)[3][4] was a British television presenter mainly known for presenting the BBC TV series The Computer Programme,[5] Making the Most of the Micro and Micro Live in the 1980s.[6] He was also a well-known mountaineer and alpinist. He was managing director of the British subsidiary of Comshare Inc.

McNaught-Davis was president of the UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) between the years of 1995[7][8][9] and 2004[10] and a keen hill walker and hiker. In the 1960s he was a climbing partner of Joe Brown both in the UK and in the greater ranges. He took part with Brown in the televised climb of the Old Man of Hoy. He also took part in a climb of the Eiffel Tower, which was televised on the ABC network's Wide World of Sports.[citation needed] Davis was also one of the first to climb the "unclimbable" Muztagh Tower in 1956. He was honorary librarian of the Climbers' Club in 1961.[11] As of 2012 he was a patron of the British Mountaineering Council.[12] In 2008 he was one speaker (along with Dave Allen and George Auckland) at an event entitled The BBC Micro and its legacy hosted by the Computer Conservation Society.[13]


  1. ^ Pete (29 November 2009). "29 Alpine Club Dinner & BBC Micros?". Sterling Adventures website. Sterling Adventures 20091129. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Curran, Jim (1998). "Once In A Blue Moon". Alpine Journal 103. 
  3. ^ "BMC Patron Ian McNaught-Davis (1929 - 2014)". Thebmc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  4. ^ "BMC Patron and former UIAA President Ian McNaught-Davis dies". International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation website. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "25th anniversary of BBC Micro TV series". Drobe. January 13, 2007. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ed Douglas. "Ian McNaught-Davis obituary | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  7. ^ Goodwin, Stephen (December 2, 1995). "Mountaineers defend risks in the Highlands Mountaineers fight to retain risks in sport". The Independent. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Vaughan, Margaret (January 24, 1996). "Searching for a fall guy in a question of sport". The Herald. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ Goodwin, Stephen (December 13, 1997). "Dumbing down the mountain". The Independent. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Blackshaw to head UIAA – er, maybe not… (3 Apr 2006)". Mountain Clients. June 2, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Officers of the Club" (PDF). Climbers' Club Journal (Climbers' Club) 13 (86): 268. 1961. 
  12. ^ "BMC Patrons". British Mountaineering Council. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Past Events". Computer Conservation Society. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  • The Alpine Journal, Vol. 66, No. 303, 1961. pp. 250–260, 1960 Greenland Expedition, John A Jackson, A. Blackshaw and I. McNaught-Davis.
  • Staunings Alps Expedition Guide, Gaston's Alpine Books - West Col Productions, 1972.

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