Andrew John Herbertson

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Andrew John Herbertson

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

Life[edit]

He was born on 11 October 1865 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire[1] to parents Andrew Hunter Herbertson and Janet Matthewson.[2] He went to school locally at Galashiels Academy and in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Institution.[2] 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.[3]

In 1892 he went with Patrick Geddes to Dundee to teach botany. in 1892 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical 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.[4] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Their son, Lt. Andrew Hunter Herbertson, was killed at Arras in the First World War in May 1917.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chrono-Biographical Sketch: Andrew J. Herbertson". people.wku.edu. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b Elizabeth Baigent (2004). "Herbertson, Andrew John (1865-1915), geographer". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/40187. ISBN 9780198614128. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  4. ^ a b "Remembering Andrew John Herbertson (1865-1915) | News | School of Geography and the Environment | University of Oxford". www.geog.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
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