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Celebrating the life of Bill Mead

Warm tributes at the Royal Geographical Society

Celebrating the life of Bill Mead

A Celebration of the life of Professor Bill Mead, former Head of UCL Geography who died in July just short of his 99th birthday, was held at the Royal Geographical Society on the afternoon of 31st October 2014.

Almost 100 people were there, including current and former colleagues at UCL and other London colleges, many former UCL students, members of the principal UK Anglo-Scandinavian organisations, and friends from his home county of Buckinghamshire.

The speakers were:

  • HE Ambassador Pekka Huhntaniemi of Finland
  • Professor Anne Buttimer (UC Dublin, Past President, IGU)
  • Professor Michael Jones (University of Trondheim)
  • Professor Hugh Clout (UCL)
  • Dr Rita Gardner (RGS-IBG)
  • Mr Keith Smith (Former Headmaster, Aylesbury Grammar School)
  • Professor Roger Kain (University of London, Institute of Advanced Studies).

 The meeting was chaired by Professor Richard Munton.

The texts of the various contributions will be posted when they become available in the near future.

Several spontaneous tributes also came from the audience, and a number of appreciative comments about the meeting were received afterwards:

“It was a pleasure to reflect on all the many and varied facets of Bill’s fascinating life, and all of us were reminded again of all the fun and laughter we shared with Bill over the years.”

 “Quite the nicest way of remembering Bill, his work and his contribution to Geography and the wider world.”

 “He was a very kind and considerate man who won the affection and respect of his many students. Self-effacing and modest he took a great interest in other people and was an inspiration to so many geographers.”

Before the meeting there was a showing of the interview of Bill by Professor by Torsten Hägerstrand in the IGU History of Geographic Thought series:


Celebrating Bill Mead

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