From OpenwaterpediaGeorge Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet, an excellent swimmer, and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty." He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.
Open water swimming
On 3 May 1810, Lord Byron swam the Hellespont, emulating the legendary Greek Leander. He swam 6.4 km (4 miles) in one hour ten minutes. He also swam in the length of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy and across the Tagus River in Portugal.
Lord Byron is the namesake for the Lord Byron's Bicentennial Swim Crossing of the Hellespont and the Lord Byron's Swim Festival, ranked among the Top 50 Open Water Swims In Asia.
Lord Byron wrote prolifically. In 1832 his publisher, John Murray, released the complete works in 14 duodecimo volumes, including a life by Thomas Moore. Subsequent editions were released in 17 volumes, first published a year later, in 1833.
Byron's Don Juan, a poem spanning 17 cantos, ranks as one of the most important long poems published in England. The masterpiece, often called the epic of its time, has roots deep in literary tradition and, although regarded by early Victorians as somewhat shocking, equally involves itself with its own contemporary world at all levels — social, political, literary and ideological.