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Dr David Pratt was an engineer who was a key figure on the Society’s Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1958 and was among the first men ashore on D-Day.
18 April 2019
Professor Lowenthal was awarded the Victoria Medal (1997). He researched and taught on history, historical geography, conservation and heritage.
6 February 2019
Diana Rowley served as assistant editor of the Geographical Journal at the Society in the early 1940s, and recalled keeping watch at the building during the war. She later moved to Canada and contributed to the development of research in the Arctic, notably as editor of the journal Arctic and founder of a number of other publications.
30 January 2019
Dr Jevan Pierres Berrangé was a Long Serving Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and a committee member of the RGS-IBG South West Region.
4 January 2019
John Clarke was awarded the Victoria Medal (1991) and served as Vice President of the RGS. He undertook work fundamental to population geography, and was involved in a number of organisations focusing on population.
3 November 2018
Esmond Bradley Martin was an American geographer who investigated illegal trade in rhino products and ivory. He was United Nations Special Envoy for Rhinos in 1992-1993, and a Chartered Geographer and Life Fellow of the Society.
22 October 2018
Professor Geoffrey Petts made distinguished contributions to river science and served as Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Westminster. He was recipient of the Society's Busk Medal.
22 August 2018
Professor Harold Carter was one of Britain's leading human geographers, and a former President of the Institute of British Geographers.
17 August 2018
Susan Band passed away on April 20, aged 81, after a period of ill health.
31 May 2018
25 May 2018
Professor Buttimer was an RGS council member and received the Murchison Award (1997). She worked tirelessly to promote dialogue among scholars, planners and citizens around the world.
7 November 2017
David Collins was a glaciologist awarded the Society’s Busk Medal (1998) for his study of mountain environments.
18 January 2017
John Reed was a teacher and headmaster, served in the meteorological branch of the Fleet Air Arm in World War Two, and was a Fellow of the Society for over 60 years.
15 December 2016
Roy Millward was a member of Leicester University’s staff during its rise from college status after the war into a fully-independent degree-awarding institution.
9 December 2016
Dr Bridges was a specialist in the geography and genesis of soils, working as a soil surveyor, lecturer and research scientist.
21 October 2016
Doreen Massey was awarded the Society’s Victoria Medal in 1994. She was a geographer who produced influential work on notions of space, geography and politics.
11 August 2016
Stan Gregory served as President of the Institute of British Geographers in the 1970s. He was a pioneering climatologist who promoted the use of quantitative methods in geography.
Dr Dibya Kishor Singh served as Professor in West Bengal, Saugor, Gauhati, and Utkal Universities from 1960-1996 with a particular focus on urban geography, regional planning, cartography, and quantitative methods.
8 July 2016
15 June 2016
Professor Butzer received the Society’s Busk Medal (1979) and was a globally-recognised authority in geo-archaeology, cultural ecology and environmental history.
4 June 2016
Dr Anita McConnell served on the RGS council, as Curator of the Science Museum, and as Research and Associate Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
28 May 2016
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20 May 2016
Professor Paul Brenikov was a long-serving Fellow of the Society, and an experienced and influential town planner.
8 January 2016
David Stoddart received the Ness Award (1965) and the Founder’s Gold Medal (1979). He made significant contributions to methodology and philosophy in geography, and biogeography – in particular the study of coral reefs, wetlands and ocean basins.
7 November 2015
Leila Ingrams was a Life Fellow of the Society, and worked to promote the culture and welfare of Yemeni people, and educate the public about Yemen.
21 October 2015
Dr Magor was a world-renowned expert on the forecasting and management of migrant pests, and a long-serving Fellow of the Society,
27 August 2015
Derek Diamond was president of the IBG in 1994. His research and work focused on the urban and regional dimensions of planning policy.
12 August 2015
Charles Swithinbank received the Society’s Patron’s Medal (1971) for glaciological research and exploration. He was a distinguished polar glaciologist for over six decades.
19 May 2015
Sir Peter Hall received the Founder's Medal in 1988. He was Britain's leading post-war planning intellectual who conceived of many of the most influential recent planning ideas in the UK.
Bill Mead served as honorary secretary and vice-president of the RGS, and president of the IBG. He received the Gill Memorial Award (1951) and the Founder’s Medal (1980).
18 May 2015
Kingsley Gregory was a a Fellow of the Society since 1959, a teacher and life-long enthusiast of geographical and geological studies.
9 September 2014
Professor Potter served on several of the Society's committees, and was a leading academic in the areas of urban and development geographies.
22 August 2014
Roger Tomlinson was a recipient of the Murchison Award, and a geographer acknowledged as the father of ‘Geographical Information Systems’ (GIS).
12 August 2014
Peter Smith served as the RGS-IBG Vice President for Education.and was the National Advisor for geography and environmental education.
Sybil Sassoon was one of the core National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) volunteer team in the Foyle Reading Room, and a long-serving Fellow of the Society.
1 June 2014
Mark Shand was a conservationist, prize-winning author, and co-founder and chairman of the conservation charity Elephant Family.
23 May 2014
Mike Clarke received the Gill Memorial Award in 1983. He was Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton, and co-founder and director of the GeoData Institute.
11 May 2014
John Tyson received the Ness Award for his exploration and surveying of the Kanjirboa Himal region of West Nepal in the 1960s. He was a respected mountaineer and geography teacher.
10 April 2014
David R. Harris was a geographer, anthropologist and archaeologist whose research focused on the origins of agriculture and the domestication of plants and animals.
25 January 2014
Professor Mansell Prothero was a pioneering Africanist geographer, influential in population and medical geography. He received the Gill Memorial Award (1968).
24 January 2014
Chris Meintjes was an author, lecturer, photographer and passionate traveller to wilderness areas.
6 January 2014
Eric Wilson was an agricultural businessman, a trustee and supporter of agricultural charities, and Director of Development at The Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in Edinburgh.
29 November 2013
Brian McDermott served on the Society’s Council, and travelled extensively in the Kalahari Desert, Ethiopia’s Danakil territory, and Sudan's Nile Valley.
18 November 2013
Dr Hugh Prince was the founding editor of Area when it replaced the Newsletter of the Institute of British Geographers in 1969, and taught historical geography at University College London over the course of six decades.
2 November 2013
Professor Keith Clayton was President of the IBG in 1984, and established the School of Environmental Sciences at University of East Anglia (UEA).
7 August 2013
Dr Robert Price was a geomorphologist, Editor of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (1970–4), and IBG council member.
8 May 2013
Professor George Howe was President of the IBG in 1985 and Chair in Geography at the University of Strathclyde.
George Lowe was a key member and the last survivor of the 1953 British expedition that conquered Everest.
21 April 2013
David Whitehouse was an archaeologist who served as director of the British School in Rome and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.
10 April 2013
Arthur Bourne was a Long Serving Fellow and a member of RGS-supported expeditions in the 1950s.
23 March 2013
Professor Neil Smith was a geogrpaher and anthropologist well-known for his research on gentrification and wider geographies of capitalism.
29 January 2013
Rear Admiral George Stephen Ritchie was awarded the Founder's Medal (1972) for ‘hydrographical charting and oceanographical exploration’. He distinguished himself during the Second World War in the Surveying Service, and later become founding President of the Hydrographic Society.
Dr Tony French served as Honorary Secretary of the RGS from 1986 to 1994, and was a leading British scholar of the geography of Russia.
24 December 2012
Maryanne (née Bankes) Chandor was a Life Fellow of the Society and a former Managing Editor of The Geographical Journal.
1 December 2012
Bernie was an active member of the Society, an expert on hot deserts and tropical landscapes, and Chair in Tropical Geomorphology at Queen’s University Belfast.
30 November 2012
Sylvia Sikes was a zoologist, author and authority on the African elephant, whose works included the comprehensive "The Natural History of the African Elephant" (1971).
3 November 2012
Professor Ron Davies was an Honorary Corresponding Fellow of the Society. His research focused on the urban system of South Africa and the apartheid city.
13 October 2012
George Band was a Life Fellow of the Society, and the youngest climber on the first successful ascent of Everest in 1953.
2 August 2012
Michael Westmacott was part of the 1953 Everest expedition, pioneering the route through the Khumbu Icefall. He made first ascents in Peru, the Hindu Kush and northern Alaska, and was President of the Alpine Club and of the Climbers Club.
20 July 2012
Michael Douglas Gwynne was was awarded the Patron's Medal (1972) for his benchmark research in Kenya, and later served as Director of UNEP's Global Environment Monitoring System.
9 March 2012
Gaynor Asquith was a housing specialist and conservationist, who co-founded Project African Wilderness to help restore Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve in Malawi.
12 December 2011
Richard ('Dick') Lawton was President of the IBG in 1986. He undertook research at the University of Liverpool into nineteenth-century historical geography, modern population and urban planning.
5 December 2011
Michel Peissel travelled extensively throughout the Himalayan region, and documented the journey in books including "Tibet, the Secret Continent" (2003).
7 November 2011
Basil Johnson was an Life Fellow of the Society, and an academic and consultant focusing on South Asia. He also collected the Basil Johnson Photograph Collection at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
25 September 2011
Ron Davies devoted his life to the study of civil aviation, and served as Curator of the Department of Air Transport in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. from 1981 to 2011.
4 September 2011
Professor Cumberland was a central figure in New Zealand geography, and the first geographer to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
17 May 2011
Rex Walford was a leading international name in geography education, and a long-serving Fellow who received the Back award in 1990 for his contribution to education.
6 May 2011
John Sunley was chairman of the Sunley Foundation, whose donation contributed to the Society's Unlocking the Archives project. The Sunley Room at the Society is named in recognition.
22 March 2011
Bob Woods was an eminent historical demographer, President of the British Society for Population Studies, and founding co-editor of the International Journal of Population Geography (now Population, Space and Place). He received the Murchison Award (1999).
20 March 2011
John Heaney was awarded the Patrick Ness Award (1956), and was an explorer and widely travelled oilman, who surveyed Gough Island.
18 February 2011
Professor Sinnhuber was an economic and political geographer who worked as Chair of Economic Geography in Vienna after academic posts in the UK.
5 December 2010
Professor Rey was a Fellow of the Society and research scientist who worked at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and University of Dijon, as well as for UCLA and Nestle in various roles.
26 November 2010
Dr Law received the Founder's Medal (1960) for Antarctic exploration and research, undertaking 28 expeditions to the Antarctic and its islands.
28 March 2010
Alf (‘Greg’) Gregory was official stills photographer on the first successful ascent of Everest in 1953.
9 March 2010
Professor Williams served as editor of the Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (1983–88), and as an academic specialised in historical geography and environmental history.
6 February 2010
Professor Johnson served as President of the IBG in 1990, and studied and taught on historical geography and population studies
Professor Birch served as President and vice-president of the IBG. He was an economic geographer who headed departments in Toronto and Leeds, and was director of Bristol Polytechnic.
David Wright was a geographer and author, awarded the Ness Award for for the popularisation of geography among young people.
20 December 2009
Dr Mackintosh was a rower and doctor, winning a silver medal at the 1948 London Olympics and participating in Antarctic survey missions.
21 November 2009
Gerald Manners was an academic, an adviser to government, and as chairman of a number of major charitable bodies.
16 March 2009
Professor Chandler received the Back Award (1963), and undertook pioneering work in urban climatology, air pollution and regional climatology.
3 February 2009
John Thornes served as President of the IBG (1992), and led EU projects on Mediterranean Desertification and Land Use.
1 November 2008
Sir Edmund Hillary was one of the first pair of people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He was awarded the Patron's Medal (1958).
4 June 2008
Professor Blacksell served as Editor of Area, chaired the Geography and Planning Research Group, and was a member of the RGS‐IBG Council. He was a human geographer focusing on the geography of post‐war Europe.
Professor Barnsley specialised in remote sensing, and was involved in the organisation of geography at Swansea University throughout his career.
6 April 2008
Sir Walter Herbert received the Founders Medal (1970), and took part in numerous Antarctic and glacier expeditions, including sledging from Alaska to Spitsbergen.
12 July 2007
Earl Jellicoe served as President of the RGS from 1993-1997, was a member of the House of Lords, and chaired a number of organisations.
22 March 2007
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