Famous British Geographers

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.

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 1 Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace.
Famous As: Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist and Biologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Llanbadoc
Died: November 7, 1913

 2 Richard Francis Burton

Richard Francis Burton.
Famous As: Translator
Birthdate: March 19, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torquay
Died: October 20, 1890
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 3 Charles Lyell

Charles Lyell.
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 14, 1797
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Angus
Died: February 22, 1875

 4 David Harvey

David Harvey.
Famous As: Professor of Anthropology & Geography
Birthdate: October 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gillingham, Kent, England

 5 James Lovelock

James Lovelock.
Famous As: Biologist, Chemist, University teacher, Mythographer
Birthdate: July 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Letchworth

 6 George Everest

George Everest
Famous As: Geographer
Birthdate: July 4, 1790
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 1, 1866

 7 Halford Mackinder

Halford Mackinder
Famous As: Geographer
Birthdate: February 15, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gainsborough, England
Died: March 6, 1947
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 8 Adam Sedgwick

Adam Sedgwick
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: March 22, 1785
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dent
Died: January 27, 1873

 9 James Rennell

James Rennell
Famous As: Geographer
Birthdate: December 3, 1742
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chudleigh, England
Died: March 29, 1830

 10 William Roy

William Roy
Famous As: Cartographer, Engineer, Geographer
Birthdate: May 4, 1726
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carluke
Died: July 1, 1790

 11 William Hopkins

William Hopkins.
Famous As: Mathematician, Geologist
Birthdate: February 2, 1793
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston on Soar
Died: October 13, 1866

 12 Roger Tomlinson

Roger Tomlinson.
Famous As: Father of GIS
Birthdate: November 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Died: February 9, 2014

 13 Aaron Arrowsmith

Aaron Arrowsmith
Famous As: Cartographer
Birthdate: July 14, 1750
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winston, England
Died: April 23, 1823

 14 Charles Tilstone Beke

Charles Tilstone Beke
Famous As: Travler
Birthdate: October 10, 1800
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stepney, England
Died: July 31, 1874