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Department of Geography



Richard John Chorley: Curriculum Vitae

Date of birth: 4th September 1927


1946-48 Lieutenant, Royal Engineers
1951 BA (Hons) Oxford University
1951-52 Fulbright and Smith-Mundt Scholarships to Department of Geology, Columbia University, New York
1952-54 Instructor in Geography, Columbia University, New York
1954 MA Oxford University
1954-57 Instructor in Geology, Brown University, Providence, USA
1958 Demonstrator in Geography, Cambridge University
1962 Lecturer in Geography, Cambridge University
1963-78 Co-Director, Madingley Geography Conferences
1964 Appointed British representative to the Commission on Quantitative Techniques of the International Geographical Union. Nominated Chairman 1968
1967 Awarded the Gill Memorial of the Royal Geographical Society for contributions to Physical Geography and quantitative studies.
1968 Appointed Chairman of the Committee on the Role of Models and Quantitative techniques in Geographical Teaching of the Geographical Association
1970-1975 Appointed Secretary of the Faculty Board of Geography and Geology, Cambridge University
1970 Appointed Reader in Geography, Cambridge University
1972 Appointed Deputy Head of the Department of Geography, Cambridge University, for the Lent and Michaelmas terms.
1973 Appointed member of the Board of Graduate Studies
1974 Appointed to an ad hominem Chair in Geography, Cambridge University
1974 Sc.D., Cambridge University
1974 Elected first honorary life member of the British Geomorphological Research Group.
1981 Honors Award, Association of American Geographers
1984-89 Appointed Head of the Department of Geography, Cambridge University
1984-89 and 1990 – Elected Chairman, Development Studies Committee
1987 Awarded the Patron’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society
1988 Elected an Honorary Member of the Italian Geographical Society
1988 Elected to the Council of the Royal Geographical Society
1990 Elected Vice-Master, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University

List of publications: R.J. Chorley

1956 Some neglected source material in quantitative geomorphology; Journal of Geology, Vol.64, p.422-423
1956 The relationships between angle of land slope and soil profile characteristics in the USA:

First Report for the Commission of the Study of Slopes, International Geographical Union, p.42-43
1957 Illustrating the laws of morphometry;

Geological Magazine, Vol.94, p.140-150
1957 Climate and Morphometry;

Journal of Geology, Vol. 65, p.630-638
1957 A new standard for estimating drainage basin shape;

American Journal of Science, Vol. 255, p.138-141 (with D.E.G. Malm and H.A. Pgorzelski)
1958 Group operator variance in morphometric work with maps;

American Journal of Science, Vol. 256, p.208-218
1958 Aspects of the morphometry of a ‘poly-cyclic’ drainage basin;

Geographical Journal, Vol. 124, p.370-374
1959 The geomorphic significance of the some Oxford soils;

American Journal of Science, Vol. 257, p.503-515
1959 A simplified approximation for the hypsometric integral;

Journal of Geology, Vol. 67, p.566-571 (with L.S.D. Morley)
1959 The shape of drumlins;

Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 3, p.339-344
1961 Early slope development in an expending stream system;

Geological Magazine, Vol. 98, p.117-130 (with C.S. Carter)
1962 Comparison of morphometric features, Unaka Mountains, Tennessee and North Carolina and Dartmoor, England;

Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, Vol. 73, p.17-34 (with M.A. Morgan)
1962 Geomorphology and general systems theory;

United States Geological Survey Professional Paper, 500B, 10p.
1963 Diastrophic background to the twentieth century geomorphological thought;

Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, Vol.74, p.953-970
1964 The History of the Study of Landforms, Vol. 1, (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 679p (with A.J. Dunn and R.P. Beckinsale)
1964 The Fall of Threatening Rock;

American Journal of Science, Vol. 262, p.1041-1054 (with S.A. Schumm).
1964 The Vigil Network System;

Journal of Hydrology, Vol.2, p. 19-24 (with H.O. Slaymaker)
1964 Geography and analogue theory;

Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 54, p.127-137
1964 An analysis of the areal distribution of soil size facies on the lower Greensand rocks of East-Central England by the use of trend surface analysis;

Geological Magazine, Vol. 101, p.314-321
1964 Geomorphological evaluation of factors controlling shearing resistance of surface soils in sandstone;

Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 69, p.1507-1516
1964 The nodal position and anomalous character of slope studies in geographical research

Geographical Journal, Vol. 130, p.70-73
1965 (Editor) Frontiers in Geographical Teaching; (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 379p (with P. Haggett)
1965 A re-evaluation of the geomorphic system of W.M. Davies;

Chapter 2 in Frontiers in Geographical Teaching, p.21-38
1965 The application of quantitative methods to geomorphology;

Chapter 8 in Frontiers in Geographical Teaching, p.147-163
1965 Frontier movements and the geographical tradition;

Chapter 18 in Frontiers in Geographical Teaching, p.358-378 (with P. Haggett)
1965 Trend-surface mapping in geographical research;

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, No. 37, p.47-67, (with P. Haggett)
1965 Scale standards in geographical research: A new measure of areal magnitude;

Nature, Vol. 205, p.844-847, (with P. Haggett & D.R. Stoddart)
1966 The application of statistical methods to geomorphology;

In Essays in Geomorphology, Ed. D.H. Dury, (Heinemann, London), p.275-387
1966 Regional and local components in the aerial distribution of surface sand facies in the Breckland, Eastern England;

Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, Vol. 36, P. 209-220 (with D.R. Stoddart, P. Haggett, H.O. Slaymaker)
1966 Talus weathering and scarp recession in the Colorado plateau’s;

Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Vol. 10, p.11-36 (with S.A. Schumm)
1967 (Editor) Models in Geography; (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 816p
1967 Models, Paradigms and the new geography;

Chapter 1 in Models in Geography, p. 19-41 (with P. Haggett)
1967 Models in Geomorphology;

Chapter 3 in Models in Geography, p.59-96
1967 Throughflow, overland flow and erosion;

Bulletin of the international association of Scientific Hydrology, Vol. 12, p.5-21, (M. J. Kirkby)
1967 Trend surface mapping of raised shorelines;

Nature, Vol. 215, p.611-612 (with S.B. McCann)
1967 Application of computer techniques in geography and geology (Abst.);

Proceeding of the Geographical Society of London, No. 1642, p.183-186
1968 Atmosphere, weather and climate, (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 319p (with R.G. Barry)
1968 (Editor) Socio-Economic Models in Geography, (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London) (with P. Haggett)
1968 Contributions to the Encyclopaedia of Geomorphology; Ed. By R.W. Fairbridge, (Reinhold, New York) Base Level, p. 58-60; History of Geomorphology, p.410-416
1969 (Editor) Water, Earth and Man: A Synthesis of Hydrology, Geomorphology and Socio-Economic Geography; (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London) 588p
1969 The drainage basin as the fundamental geomorphic unit;

Chapter 2.ii in Water, Earth and Man, p.77-99
1969 The role of water in rock disintegration;

Chapter 3.ii in Water, Earth and Man, p. 135-155
1969 (Editor) Physical and Information Models in Geography; (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London) (with P. Haggett)
1969 (Editor) Integrated Models in Geography; (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London) (with P. Haggett)
1969 The elevation of the Lower Greensand Ridge, South-East England;

Geological Magazine, Vol. 106 (3), p.231-248
1969 The standing committee on the role of models and quantitative techniques on Geographical understanding

Geography, Vol. 54, p.1-4
1969 Network Analysis in Geography: An exploration in spatial structure;

(Arnold, London), 385p. (with P. Haggett)

Frontiers on Geographical Teaching;

2nd Edition (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 385p. (with P. Haggett)

Atmosphere, Weather and Climate;

US Edition. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., New York), 320p. (with R.G. Barry)

Atmosphere, Weather and Climate;

2nd Edition. (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 379p. (with R.G. Barry)
1971 Forecasting in the earth sciences; In Chisholm, M., Frey, A.E. and Haggett, P. (Eds.), Regional Forecasting, (Butterworths, London), p.121-137
1971 Gabriel-Auguste Daubree (1814-1896);

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol. III, (Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York), p.586-587
1971 The role and relations of physical geography;

Progress in Geography, (Arnold, London), Vol. 3, p.89-109
1971 An experiment in terrain filtering;

Area, Vol. 3, p. 78-91 (With K. Bassett)
1971 (Editor) Introduction to Physical Hydrology;

(Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 211p.
1971 (Editor) Introduction to Fluvial processes;

(Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 218p.
1971 (Editor) Introduction to Geographical Hydrology;

(Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 206p.
1971 Physical Geography: A Systems Approach:

(Prentice Hall, London) 370p. (With B.A. Kennedy)
1972 Network Analysis in Geography;

2nd Edition. (Arnold, London), 348p. (with P. Haggett)
1972 (Editor) Spatial Analysis in Geomorphology;

(Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 393p.
1972 (Editor) Spatial Analysis in Geomorphology;

Chapter 1 in Spatial Analysis in Geomorphology, p.3-16
1972 Cartographic problems in stream channel delineation;

Cartography, Vol.7, p.150-162 (with P.F. Dale)
1972 Albert Heim (1849-1937);

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol. VI, (Charles Scibner’s Sons, New York), p.227-228
1973 Comments on ‘Systems modelling and analysis in resource management’ by J.N.R. Jeffers;

Journal of Environmental Management, Vol.1, p.29-31
1973 The History of the Study of Landforms, Volume II, The Life and Work of William Morris David; (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London) 874p, (with R.P. Beckinsakle and A.J. Dunn)
1973 (Editor) Directions in Geography;

(Methuen and Co. Ltd., London) 331p.
1973 Geography as Human Ecology;

Directions in Geography, pp.157-169
1973 Douglas Wilson Johnson (1878-1944);

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol VII, (Charles Scribners Sons, New York), p.143-145
1973 Willard Drake Johnson (1859-1917);

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol VII, (Charles Scribners Sons, New York), p.148-150
1974 Walther Penck (1888-1923);

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol X, (Charles Scribners Sons, New York), p.506-509
1976 Atmosphere, Weather and Climate;

3rd Edition. (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London) 432p. (with R.G. Barry)
1976 Some thoughts on the development of Geography from 1950 to 1975;

Oxford Polytechnic Discussion Papers in Geography, No. 3, p. 29-35
1978 The hillslope hydrological cycle;

Chapter 1 in Kirkby, M.J. (Ed.) Hillslope Hydrology; (Wiley) pp.1-42
1978 Bases for theory in geomorphology;

in Embleton,C., Brunsden, D. and Jones, D.K.C. (Eds) Geomorphology: Present problems and future prospects; (Oxford) 1978, pp.1-13
1978 Environmental Systems: Philosophy, Analysis and Control;

(Methuen and Co. Ltd., London and Princeton), 1978, 624p. (with R. J. Bennett)
1980 G.K. Gilberts geomorphology; In Yochelson, E.L. (Ed),

The Scientific Ideal of G.K. Gilbert; US Geological Survey Special Paper 183, pp. 129-142. (with R.P. Beckinsale)
1981 Optimisation: Control Models; In Wrigley,N. and Bennett, R.J. (Eds)

Quantitative Geography: A British View; (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London), pp.219-224 (with R.J. Bennett)
1981 William Morris Davis (1850-1934);

In Freeman, T.W. (Ed), Geographers, Bibliographical Studies, Vol. 5, (Mansell), pp.27-33 (with R.P. Beckinsale)
1982 Atmosphere, Weather and Climate;

4th Edition. (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 407p. (with R.G. Barry)
1983 Geomorphic Controls on the Management of Nuclear Waste;

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Report NUREG/CR-3276, 137p (with S.A. Schumm)
1984 Geomorphology;

(Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 607p. (with S.A. Schumm and D.E. Sugden)
1987 Atmosphere, Weather and Climate;

5th Edition. (Methuen and Co. Ltd., London), 460p. (with R.G. Barry)
1987 Perspectives on the hydrosphere;

In Clark, M.J., Gregory, K.J. and Gurnell, A.M (Eds), Horizons in Physical Geography, (Macmillan Education Ltd., London), pp.378-381
1989 From Madingley to Oxford: A forward to Remodelling Geography;

In Macmillam, W. (Ed), Remodelling Geography, (Blackwell, Oxford), pp.XV-XX (with P. Haggett)
1990 The history of the Study of Landforms: Volume III, Historical and Regional Geomorphology 1890-1950; (Routledge, London), 496p. (with R.P. Beckinsale)
'Spatial and temporal mapping of water in soil by magnetic resonance imaging.' (with M.H.G. Amin, K.S. Richards, B.W. Bache and 2 others)
Hydrological Processes 7, 279-86 (11)
1996 Amin, M.H.G., Hall, L.D., __, Richards, K.S., Carpenter, T.A. and Bache, B.W. ‘Visualisation of Static and dynamic water phenomena in soil using Magnetic Resonance Imaging’

In Singh, V.P. and Kumar, B. (Eds) Sub-surface Water Hydrology, Dordrecht: Kluwer, pp.3-16
1996 Amin, M.H.G., Richards, K.S., __ , Gibbs, S.J., Carpenter, T.A. and Hall, L.D.

‘Studies of soil water transport by MRI
1997 Chorley, R.J. ‘Obituary: George Harry Dury, 1916-1996.’
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, NS 22: 398-402

Magnetic Resonance Imaging 14, pp.879-882
1997 Amin, M.H.G., __ , Hall, L.D., Richards, K.S., Hall, L.D., Carpenter, T.A., Cislerova, M. and Vogel, T.

‘Study of infiltration into a heterogeneous soil using Magnetic Resonance Imaging’

Hydrological Processes 11:pp.471-483
1997 Amin, M.H.G., Gibbs, S.J., Richards, K.S., __ , Carpenter, T.A. and Hall, L.D. ‘Study of flow and hydrodynamic dispersion in a porous medium using Pulsed-Field-Gradient Magnetic Resonance’

Proceedings Royal Society of London, Series A 453, pp. 489-513
1997 Hall, L.D., Amin, M.H.G., Dougherty, E., Sanda, M., Votrubova, J. Richards, K. S., __ ,and Cislerova, M.

‘MR properties of water in saturated soils and resulting loss of MRI signal in water content detection at 2 tesla’

Geoderma, 80, pp.135-165
1998 Amin, M.H.G., Hall, L.D., __ ,Richards, K.S.

‘Infiltration into soils with particular reference to its visualisation sand measurement of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)’

Progress in Physical Geography, 22, pp. 135-165
2000 Atmosphere, Weather and Climate;

7th Edition. (Routledge, London), 409p. (with R.G. Barry)
2000 Classics in physical geography revisited: J.H. Mackin 1948;

Progress in Physical Geography, Vol.24 (4)