Howe, George Melvyn, 1920-2012, Professor of Geography

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Howe, George Melvyn, 1920-2012, Professor of Geography

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George Melvyn Howe, known as Melvyn Howe (7/4/1920-27/8/2012). Howe was an Emeritus Professor of Geography at Strathclyde University specialising in medical geography . Howe was born in Abercynon in Wales and attended Caerphilly Grammar School and the University of Aberystwth before joining the RAF in 1940. He was commissioned in 1942 and served in Air Photographic Intelligence in the Mediterranean and Middle East . He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 1947, gaining his Masters in 1949 and his PHD in 1957 . In 1955 became the first Geographer to visit the Soviet Union since the Second World War . In 1967 Howe was appointed Professor of Geography and Department head at Strathclyde University . In 1974 he was awarded a DSc from Strathclyde University as recognition for his work . Howe retired in 1985 becoming an Emeritus Professor . Howe’s specialist professional interests included Meteorology, Climatology and Hydrology. Howe also retained a regional interest in the Soviet Union . Howe published an extensive amount of material during his career and some of his most noted works include; National atlas of diseases and mortality in the United Kingdom (1963), A world Geography of Human diseases (1977), The Soviet Union: a geographical survey (1983) and People, environment, disease and death (1997). Howe served on a variety of boards including the Council of the institute of British Geographers (where he was president in 1985 upon retiring as a lecturer), The Medical Geography Committee of the Royal Geographical Society, the Medical Geography Committee of the International Geographical Union and the Royal Society’s British National Committee for Geography . Howe was also a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh . In 1971 Howe was elected president of the Strathclyde University Staff club, a position he would hold for one year. Howe married Patricia Graham Fennell in 1947 and had three daughters and eight grandchildren . After he retired Howe and his wife returned to Wales, the seaside town of Porthcawl, but continued to travel and also take part in local activities, including Probus of which he became president .


Glasgow, Scotland

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Professor of Geography at Strathclyde from 1967 to 1985.

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University of Strathclyde | Department of Geography (1964 - 2004)

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1967 - 1985

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).



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Created by Sean Macmillan, November 2014




Personal C.V. of Melvyn Howel;
Obituary in the Telegraph, 30th October 2012, <>;
Obituary in the Herald, 30th Sepember 2012, <>;
Obituary in the Geographical Journal, 7th May 2013, <>

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