Ronald Kaulback

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Ronald John Henry Kaulback (23 July 1909 – 1995) was a British explorer, botanist and geographer. He was the son of Colonel H. A. Kaulback and had a younger brother Roy (known as Bill).[1] After studying at the University of Cambridge and learning surveying at the Royal Geographical Society he accompanied Frank Kingdon-Ward on an expedition to Tibet. For political reasons Kaulbach was forbidden to continue on the second part of that journey. So he, Brooks Carrington and some others set out on a route by Fort Hertz and Burma which included crossing the Diphuk La and after travelling at the worst season reached Fort Hertz.[2] He travelled in Burma, Nepal and Tibet.[3]

Kaulback wrote in defence of the possible existence of the Yeti,[4] having seen what he took to be large footprints while attempting to locate the source of the Salween River.[5]


Kaulbach is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of Asian pit viper, Protobothrops kaulbacki.[6]


  1. ^ Kaulback, Ronald (1934). Tibetan Trek. London: Hodder & Stoughton. pp. 13–14.
  2. ^ Kingdon-Ward F (1934). "Introduction". In: Kaulback R (1934). Tibetan Trek. London: Hodder & Stoughton; pp. 9–11.
  3. ^ "New Expedition to Tibet". The Straits Times. 17 January 1935. p. 6. Accessed 12 May 2010.
  4. ^ Ley, Willy (1962). Exotic Zoology. p. 79.
  5. ^ Sanderson, Ivan T. (1961). Abominable Snowmen. p. 261.
  6. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Kaulback", p. 138).

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