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Professor Gordon Manley (1902-1980)


Gordon Manley (1902-1980) was a distinguished geographer and climatologist who was Professor of Geography at Bedford College, University of London from 1948-1964.

Initially educated at the University of Manchester, Gordon Manley went on to take a Double First in Geography at the University of Cambridge and was subsequently appointed Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in the late 1920s. He was Head of Department at Durham University, before accepting the inaugural Chair of Geography at Bedford College (later to become Royal Holloway, University of London) in 1948.A winner of numerous prizes and awards, Professor Manley’s best known work was Climate and the British Scene (1952), which introduced to the general reader modern climatology in the context of the British and Irish Isles.

Professor Manley was a frequent contributor to The Guardian newspaper and would, in today’s terms, be understood as a public geographer. His papers are held at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham. 

Every year, the Department asks a distinguished geographer to deliver the Gordon Manley Lecture, and in recent years this has included Professors Derek Gregory, Susan Smith and Mike Hulme.


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