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Department of Geography


Obituaries of staff and students

Please find below links to obituaries of staff and students from the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.

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Prof William Balchin Student Professor of Geography, University College Swansea, 1916-2007
John Christopher Barringer Student Author, teacher and local historian, 1931-2013
Prof J. Brian Bird Student Professor of Geography, McGill University, 1923-2011
Margaret Blacklock Evans OBE Student Headmistress, Seven Kings High School, 1925-2014
Principal William Maurice Brown Student First principal of Faujdarhat Cadet College, 1910-1975
Dr Alfred Augustus Levi ‘Gus’ Caesar Student and staff University Lecturer, University of Cambridge, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, 1914-1995
Prof Sylvia Chant Student World leading feminist geographer, 1958 – 2019
Prof Graham Chapman Student and staff Professor of Geography, SOAS and Lancaster University, 1944-2014
Prof Richard Chorley Student and staff Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge, Head of Department, Vice-Master of Sidney Sussex College, 1927-2002
Miles Clark Student Sailor and Journalist, 1960-1993
Prof David Collins Student Professor of Physical Geography, University of Salford, 1949-2016
Prof John Terrence Coppock Student Ogilvie Professor of Geography, University of Edinburgh, 1921-2000
Prof Henry Clifford Darby Student and staff Historical Geographer, Head of Department, 1909-1992
Prof Frank Debenham Staff First Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge, Founder, Scott Polar Research Institute, 1883-1965
George De Boer Student Reader in Geography, Hull University
Dr Robin Donkin Staff Historical Geographer and Geographer of Latin America, 1928-2006
Dr BH Farmer Student and staff Geographer of South Asia, 1916-1996
Dr Jean Grove Student and staff Fellow of Girton College, glaciologist and historical climatologist, 1927-2001
Sir Peter Hall Student Town planner, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration at The Bartlett, University College London, 1932-2014
John Heap Student Head of Polar Regions Section of FCO 1975-1992. 1932-2006
Prof Leslie Hepple Student and staff Professor of Geography, University of Bristol, 1947-2007
Mr Donald Hewlett Student Actor, 1920-2011
Louise Hulton Student Maternal Health Campaigner, 1970-2017
Dr Hal Lister Student Arctic Explorer and Geographer. Reader at School of Geography, University of Newcastle. 1921-2010
Sylvia Law Student British Town Planner, 1931-2004
Prof Gordon Manley Staff Climatologist, 1902-1980
Dr Gerald Manners OBE Student Geographer, government advisor and charity chair, 1932-2009
Dr John H Mercer Student Glaciologist, University of Ohio, 1922-1987
Roy Millward Student Lecturer, University of Leicester, 1918-2016
Spencer Millham Student Teacher and Social Researcher, 1932-2015
Jean Mitchell Staff and Student University Lecturer, Historical Geography, 1904-1990
John Noble Student Baritone, 1931-2008
Prof Ray Pahl Student Sociologist, 1935-2011
Prof John Harris Paterson Student Professor of Geography, University of Leicester, 1923-1997
Prof Ronald Peel Student and staff Chair of Geography, University of Leeds, University of Bristol, 1912-1985
Prof Norman Pounds Student and staff Historian and Geographer, 1912-2006
Prof Norman Pye Student Professor of Geography, University of Leicester, 1914-2007
Prof Clifford Smith Student and staff Historical and Latin American Geography, 1924-2003
Dr Bruce Wilfred Sparks Staff Geographer and quaternary paeleoecologist, 1923-1988
Prof Oskar Spate Student Geographer and Historian, 1911-2000
Prof James Alfred Steers Student and staff Professor of Geography and Head of Department, University of Cambridge, 1899-1987
Prof David Stoddart Student and staff University lecturer, University of Cambridge and Professor of Geography, University of Berkeley, 1937-2014
Dr Marjorie Sweeting Staff University Reader, University of Oxford, 1920-1995
Ken Sykora Student Jazz guitarist, composer, producer and BBC Presenter, 1923-2006
Sam Toy Student Chair of Ford Motor Company, 1923-2008
Dr William Vaughan Lewis Student and staff University Lecturer, University of Cambridge, 1907-1961
Brian Ware OBE Student Life long Geographer, 1919 – 2008
Prof Robert Woods Student John Rankin Chair, University of Liverpool, Historical Demographer, 1949-2011