Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Herbertson, Andrew John (England 1865-1915)
Remembered as an energetic and influential teacher of geography at Oxford
University, Herbertson and his wife were also secondary school textbook
writers on the subject whose books sold close to a million and a half
copies. One of the central themes in Herbertson's work was the promotion
of an imperial concept of regional development--in his mind, not so much
one underlain by militaristic forces, but instead by nationalistic ones
in which national states developed by seeking individual identities. Herbertson's
views on regional geography, as in essence natural entities, were most
famously relayed through his best known paper, "The Major Natural Regions:
An Essay in Systematic Geography."
--born in Galashiels, Selkirkshire, England, on 11
--1872-1879: attends Galashiels Academy
--1879: studies at the Edinburgh Institution
(later Melville College)
--1886-1869, 1891-1892: studies science at the
University of Edinburgh, but does not complete a degree
--1892: follows Patrick Geddes to Dundee and
is made a demonstrator in botany there
--1892: made a fellow of the Royal Geographical
--1892-1893: carries out research in meteorology
at Ben Nevis and Fort William observatories
--1894-1896: lecturer in political and commercial
geography at the University of Manchester
--1896-1899: lecturer in industrial geography
at Heriot-Watt College in Edinburgh
--1898: Ph.D., University of Freiburg-im-Breisgau
--1899: publishes his Atlas of Meteorology
with A. Buchan and J. G. Bartholomew
--1899: hired as assistant reader at the school
of geography, Oxford University
--1900-1915: secretary of the Geographical Association
--1901-1915: founding editor, The Geographical
--1905: publishes "The
Major Natural Regions: An Essay in Systematic Geography" in Geographical
--1905: made reader in geography, Oxford
--1908: made a fellow of the Royal Meteorological
--1910: given a chair in geography, Oxford University
--1914: edits his The Oxford Survey of the
British Empire in 6 vols., with O. J. R. Howarth
--dies at Radnage, Buckinghamshire, England,
on 31 July 1915.
--Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,
Vol. 26 (2004).
--Geographers: Biobibliographical Studies,
Vol. 3 (1979).
--Geography, Vol. 50 (1965): 313-331.
--The Geographical Teacher, Vol. 8
Journal, Vol. 131(4) (1965): 516-519.
--Scottish Geographical Magazine, Vol.
31 (1915): 486-490.
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