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Nicholas Crane

A Fellow of over 30 years, Nick has made a life from geography.

As a young geography graduate, he helped to create an award-winning national cycling network that became the subject of his first book. Since then he has written another 10 books and presented over 80 geographically-related BBC radio documentaries and films, including Coast, Map Man, Great British Journeys, Britannia and Town.  He is a recipient of the RGS-IBG Ness Award and RSGS Mungo Park Medal.

Nick is a former Council member of the RGS-IBG, has served on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors and as a Vice President of CPRE, has raised money and awareness through expeditions in Africa and Asia for Intermediate Technology (now Practical Action) and has worked for Afghanaid on a field project in the Hindu Kush. With his cousin, Dr Richard Crane, Nick was the first to reach the Pole of Inaccessibility in central Asia, and first to walk the 10,000-kilometre mountain watershed of Europe, a solo expedition that led to Clear Waters Rising, which won the Thomas Cook / Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award.

Nick has supported the Society’s work significantly, in recent years, with the public, with schools and with expeditions. He is also an active scholar; research projects include the first major biography of the 16th-century cartographer, Mercator. Nick is currently completing a 12,000-year historical geography of Britain.

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