One of the nation’s greatest mountaineers—the first American to summit both Mount Everest and K2—visited Gordon Chapel to offer lessons in perseverance, resilience, and teamwork. Dr. Louis Reichardt, the grandfather of one of our second graders, told the story of his team’s historic climb up the east face of Everest in 1983.
By his humble example, Dr. Reichardt’s showed students that they, too, have the capacity to reach heights others might consider impossible.
Scaling untouched peaks is not Reichardt’s only pioneering endeavor. He is also an esteemed neuroscientist who throughout his career has taken part in revolutionary research aimed at better understanding the human brain. Having spent most of his career at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is an emeritus professor of physiology and biochemistry/biophysics, he has turned his scholarly attention toward the field of autism research and now directs the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.
Read more about Louis Reichardt’s career in science and accomplishments as a high-altitude mountaineer: