What comes to your mind when you think of a geographer? A map-maker, isn’t it? Well, traditionally, people conceived them as that but today given the kind of exposure that geography as the subject of study has gone through, work of the geographers involve an extensive and expansive study. They are basically scholars who are involved with the study of the Earth’s natural environment and human society and the relationship between the two. The study of geography is subdivided into three fields including physical geography, human geography and regional geography. While a physical geographer is more involved with the study of topography, climate, soil, vegetation and earth surface structure, human geographer studies about the various aspects of geography that affect and have a significant impact on the lives of human beings and animals. Regional geographers are more concerned with the study of atmosphere, biosphere and lithosphere. Britain has been home of several renowned geographers. Their explorations have discovered unknown lands and their studies have helped guide generations of explorers and travellers. And while talking about British geographers the first name that strikes the mind is that of James Cook, a navigator who discovered and charted New Zealand and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Others include David Harvey, Nicholas Crane, Ron Johnston, Peter Dicken and so on. Explore this section to find out more about famous British geographers and their life.
Alfred Russel WallaceAlfred Russel Wallace
08 January 1823
Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist
Richard Francis BurtonRichard Francis Burton
19 March 1821

David HarveyDavid Harvey
31 October 1935
Professor of Anthropology & Geography

Charles LyellCharles Lyell
14 November 1797

William HopkinsWilliam Hopkins
02 February 1793
Mathematician, Geologist

Roger TomlinsonRoger Tomlinson
17 November 1933
Father of GIS
James LovelockJames Lovelock
26 July 1919
Biologist, Chemist, University teacher,

George EverestGeorge Everest
04 July 1790

Halford MackinderHalford Mackinder
15 February 1861
James RennellJames Rennell
03 December 1742

Adam SedgwickAdam Sedgwick
22 March 1785
William RoyWilliam Roy
04 May 1726
Cartographer, Engineer, Geographer

Aaron ArrowsmithAaron Arrowsmith
14 July 1750

Charles Tilstone BekeCharles Tilstone Beke
10 October 1800