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Obituary: Sir Wilfred Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Thesiger, an explorer whose mystic vision rejected the modern technological world in favour of the tribes people of Africa and the Arabian deserts, died on Sunday, August 24, aged 93. 

Sir Wilfred was awarded an Honorary DLitt by the University in 1968. 

He won the founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society, together with three other medals from learned societies, honorary fellowships of Magdalen College, Oxford, and the British Academy. In 1968, he was awarded a CBE, and in 1995 he was knighted.

Through prose and photography he affected generations of younger travellers. Among his classic books are The Marsh Arabs, his autobiography The Life of My Choice, his portfolio of monochrome prints, Visions of a Nomad, and probably one of the finest books ever written about Arabia, Arabian Sands a description of the traditional life of the Bedu and a tribute to a world now lost forever.

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