Professor Challenger

"His appearance made me gasp. I was prepared for something strange, but not for so overpowering a personality as this. It was his size, which took one’s breath away-his size and his imposing presence. His head was enormous, the largest I have ever seen upon a human being. I am sure that his top hat, had I ventured to don it, would have slipped over me entirely and rested on my shoulders. He had the face and beard, which I associate with an Assyrian bull; the former florid, the latter so black as almost to have suspicion of blue, spade-shaped and rippling down in front in a long, curving wisp over his massive forehead. The eyes were blue-grey under great black tufts, very clear, very critical, and very masterful. A huge spread of shoulders and a chest like a barrel were the other parts of him which appeared above the table, save for two enormous hands covered with long black hair. This and a bellowing, roaring, rumbling voice made up my first impression of the notorious Professor Challenger."

Challenger Facts


At the time Conan Doyle wrote The Lost World, the term dinosaur hadn't even been around for two centuries.


The house number Professor Challenger resided in Enmore Gardens, Enmore Park, Kensington, London.


Professor Challenger was based on two real people. An explorer named Percy Fawcett and William Rutherford.

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John Rhys-Davies

The Lost World (1992)

J Campbell & Charles Prepolec

New Worlds Lost Places (2015)

Wallace Beery

The Lost World (1925)

Bob Hoskins

The Lost World (2001)

Claude Rains

The Lost World (1960)

Conan Doyle

The Strand Magazine (1912)

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