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Armstrong, Terence Edward (1920–1996), polar scholar, was born on 7 April 1920 at Oxted, Surrey, the youngest of three sons in the family of six children of Thomas Mandeville Emerson Armstrong (1869–1922), director of the Commercial Union Insurance Company, and his wife, Jane Crawford Young (1881–1945)...

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Terence Edward Armstrong (1920–1996) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baker, John Norman Leonard (1893–1971), geographer, was born on 12 December 1893 at 33 Beaumont Street, St Clements, Liverpool, the first son of the Revd John William Baker, Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Louisa (1858–1945). From Liverpool College (1911–13) he went up to ...

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Charles Tilstone Beke (1800–1874) by Maull & Fox © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beke, Charles Tilstone (1800–1874), traveller and geographer, was born on 10 October 1800 at Stepney, London, the son of James Beke. The family had ancestral connections to Bekesbourne in Kent, where Beke lived in later life. He was educated at a private school in ...

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Bell, James (1769–1833), geographer, was born in Jedburgh, the son of Thomas Bell (1733–1802), Presbyterian minister of the Relief church. Nothing is known of his mother or any siblings. In 1777 he accompanied his father to Glasgow, where the latter was appointed minister of ...

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Bowen, Emrys George (1900–1983), geographer, was born on 28 December 1900 at 1 Towy View, Carmarthen, the elder child of Thomas Bowen, insurance agent, and Elizabeth Ann Lynch. He was educated at the council school, Pentre-poeth, and from 1912 to 1919 at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Carmarthen...

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Broke [Brooke], Sir Arthur de Capell [formerly Arthur Supple], second baronet (1791–1858), geographer, was born in Bolton Street, Mayfair, Westminster, on 22 October 1791. His family was originally from Cheshire. He was the elder son of Sir Richard de Capell Brooke (1758–1829)...

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Brown, John (1797–1861), geographer, was born at Dover on 2 August 1797 into an old Kentish family. From 1811 to 1815 he was a midshipman in the service of the East India Company and sailed to China and the spice islands. He then took other appointments at sea until, in March 1818, he was forced to change his career because of a defect in his sight. After trying various alternative occupations, including that of assistant to a surgeon, he set up as a wholesale goldsmith and diamond merchant in ...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Brown, Robert (1842–1895), geographer, the only son of Thomas Brown of Campster, Caithness, was born at Campster on 23 March 1842. He is sometimes known humorously as Robert Brown ‘Campsterianus’ to distinguish him from the other geographer and botanist Robert Brown (1773–1858). He was educated at the ...

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Chisholm, George Goudie (1850–1930), geographer, was born in Edinburgh on 1 May 1850, the second child and first son of David Chisholm, actuary with the North British Insurance Company, and Anne Goudie. The family were strong United Presbyterians. After attending preparatory school, in 1860 or 1861 ...

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Chorley, Richard John [Dick] (1927–2002), geographer, was born on 4 September 1927 at 58 Summerland Avenue, Minehead, Somerset, the only child of Walter Joseph Chorley (1895–1952), master ironmonger, and later a hospital secretary administering the Bridgwater group of hospitals, and his wife, Ellen Mary, ...

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J. De Graaff-Hunter

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Close, Sir Charles Frederick Arden- (1865–1952), surveyor and geographer, was born on 10 August 1865 at St Saviour's, Jersey, the eldest of the eleven children of Captain (later Major-General) Frederick Close (1830–1899) and his second wife, Lydia Ann Stevens. He was educated at a dame-school in ...

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Sir Charles Frederick Arden- Close (1865–1952) by Walter Stoneman, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. R. Crone

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Cornish, Vaughan (1862–1948), geographer, was born on 22 December 1862 at Debenham, Suffolk, the third and youngest son of Charles John Cornish (1834–1913), vicar of Debenham, and his wife, Anne Charlotte Western (1831–1887). His father's cousin was Francis Warre Warre-Cornish and his elder brother was the naturalist ...

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Vaughan Cornish (1862–1948) by unknown photographer The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Cosgrove, Denis Edmund (1948–2008), geographer, was born on 3 May 1948 at 16 Kenilworth Road, Liverpool, the second of the six children of Peter Cyril Cosgrove (1910–1980), bank clerk, later bank manager, and his wife, Gwendoline Brenda, née Mackrill (b. 1922). He was raised in a lower middle-class, devoutly Catholic, household, his father being of Irish descent. He was educated at ...

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Maria Eleanor Vere Cust (1862/33–1958) by Maull & Fox, 1917 The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Cust, Maria Eleanor Vere (1862/3–1958), first woman fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, was the second daughter of Robert Needham Cust (1821–1909), orientalist, and his first wife, Maria Adelaide Hobart (d. 1864), daughter of Henry Lewis Hobart, dean of Windsor. Miss Cust...