Biographical Dictionary of Geography

Biographical Dictionary of Geography


By (author) Robert P. Larkin, By (author) Gary Peters


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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 31mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 30 January 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0313276226
  • ISBN 13: 9780313276224
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,625,726

Product description

This biographical dictionary provides sketches of seventy- seven individuals--explorers, writers, and scholars--from Aristotle to David W. Harvey, who made significant contributions to the development of the discipline of geography. The work examines a cross section of geographers from a variety of subfields within the discipline, from ancient to modern. Each entry examines the career and impact of the individual and then provides selected bibliographies of works by and about the person. The work contains internal cross-referencing, and the entire volume concludes with appendices listing the individuals chronologically as well as by country of birth. It has a general subject index and essential reference material for the general public and students looking for information on key figures and a background to the discipline.

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Author information

ROBERT P. LARKIN is Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. GARY L. PETERS is Professor of Geography at California State University, Long Beach. Among their earlier publications are the "Dictionary of Concepts in Human Geography" and the "Dictionary of Concepts in Physical Geography" (Greenwood Press, 1983 and 1988, respectively).

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?Biographical Dictionary of Geography is unique because of its focus on contributions to the discipline of geography and the connections it makes among the work of scientists in this field. It is a recommended purchase for academic libraries supporting research in geography.?-Reference Books Bulletin

Table of contents

Part 1 Dictionary - Biographical Entries: Roald Amundsen; Aristotle; Wallace Walter Atwood; Henri Baulig; Brian J.L. Berry; John R. Borchert; Isaiah Bowman; Albert Perry Brigham; Anton Friedrich Busching; Walter Christaller; Captain James Cook; Nicolaus Copernicus; Charles Andrew Cotton; George Babcock Cressey; Raymond E. Crist; Charles Darwin; William Morris Davis; Sten de Geer; Vasily Vasilyevich Dokuchaev; Eratosthenes; James Geikie; Grove Karl Gilbert; John Paul Goode; Jean Gottmann; Arnold Henry Guyot; Peter Haggett; Chauncy D. Harris; David W. Harvey; Karl Haushofer; Herodotus; Alfred Hettner; Alexander von Humboldt; Ellsworth Huntington; Preston Everett James; Mark Jefferson; Immanuel Kant; Wladimir Koppen; Pyotr Kropotkin; Halford John Mackinder; George Perkins Marsh; Matthew Fontaine Maury; Donald W. Meinig; Hugh Robert Mill; John Muir; Lewis Mumford; Sebastian Munster; Fridtjof Nansen; James J. Parsons; Albrecht Penck; John Welsey Powell; Ptolemy; Freidrich Ratzel; Ernst Georg Revenstein; Elisee Reclus; Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen; Carl Ritter; Arthur H. Robinson; Richard Joel Russell; Rollin D. Salisbury; Carl Ortwin Sauer; William Scoresby; Ellen Churchill Semple; Ernest Shackleton; Joseph Russell Smith; Mary Somerville; Laurence Dudley Stamp; Strabo; Thomas Griffith Taylor; Thales of Miletus; Johann Heinrich von Thunen; Carl Troll; Yi Fu Tuan; Edward Louis Ullman; Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov; Paul Vidal de la Blache; Gilbert F. White; Sidney William Wooldridge. Appendices: Alphabetical listing of Geographers. Chronological Listing of Geographers. Geographers by Country of Birth. General Subject Index.