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Walter James

Full name: Walter Ernest Christopher James
Gender: Male
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Born: January 18, 1896 in Kensington, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: June 17, 1982 in Dover, Kent, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Walter James, later 4th Baron Northbourne, studied agricultural science at Oxford University and was also an accomplished rower. In 1920 and 1921, he rowed for Oxford in the Boat Race, both times losing to Cambridge. In 1920, James triumphed at Henley in the Stewards’ Challenge Cup for coxless fours and, as a member of the Leander crew, won the silver medal in the eights at the Antwerpen Olympics.

James was a follower of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner and his esoteric spiritual movement called anthroposophy. Based on the ideas of Ehrenfried Pfeiffer on biodynamic agriculture, James converted his estate in Kent to an exemplary farm and also hosted respective conferences and summer schools, calling it organic agriculture, and he later adopted elements of the Perennial Philosophy. He wrote a number of books on his philosophical ideas and also translated works of fellow perennialists.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round 6:05.8
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 6:26.4
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 6:19.0
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