• Born on February 20, 1902• Born San Francisco, California• A photographer and environmentalist• He used the Kodak No. 1 Box Brownie his parents had given him.• Married Virginia Best in 1928 had had two children• Adams died on April 22, 1984, at the age of 82 from a heart attack.
• When he was 5, the family fortune collapsed in the financial panic of 1907 Naturally shy, coupled with the dramatically "earthquake" nose, caused Adams to have problems fitting in at school. He was not successful in the various schools to which his parents sent him. Ultimately, he managed to earn what he termed a "legitimizing diploma" from the Mrs. Kate M. Wilkins Private School — perhaps equivalent to having completed the eighth grade.
He spent substantial time thereevery year from 1916 until hisdeath. From his first visit, Adamswas transfixed and transformed.He hiked, climbed, andexplored, gaining self-esteem andself-confidence. In 1919 he joinedthe Sierra Club and spent the firstof four summers in YosemiteValley, as "keeper" of the clubsLeConte Memorial Lodge.