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Andrew John Herbertson

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Name  Andrew Herbertson

Died  1915
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Books  Man and His Work: An Introduction to Human Geography

Prof Andrew John Herbertson FRSE FRGS FRMS (1865-1915) was a British geographer.

Life

He was born on 11 October 1865 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire to parents Andrew Hunter Herbertson and Janet Matthewson. He went to school locally at Galashiels Academy and in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Institution. From 1886 to 1889 he studied in the University of Edinburgh, but he never gained a degree. He then gained a place at Oxford University where he graduated MA.

In 1892 he went with Patrick Geddes to Dundee to teach botany. in 1892 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He then moved in 1892 to Fort William, Scotland to work on a metereological observatory on Ben Nevis. In 1894 he moved to Manchester to become a lecturer in political and commercial geography in the University of Manchester.

From 1896 to 1899 he lectured in industrial and commercial geography at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh. In 1896 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Peter Guthrie Tait, Sir John Murray, Ralph Copeland and Alexander Buchan.

In 1898 he received a doctorate (PhD) from University of Freiburg-im-Breisgau. In 1899 he moved to the University of Oxford to become a reader of geography; then became the first Oxford Professor of Geography in 1905. He would become head of the geography department at Oxford in 1910. In 1908 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

He died of a heart attack on 15 July 1915 in Radnage, Buckinghamshire. He is buried with his wife Frances Dorothy (who died two weeks later) in Holywell Cemetery nearby.

Their son, Lt. Andrew Hunter Herbertson, was killed at Arras in the First World War in May 1917.

References

Andrew John Herbertson Wikipedia


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