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Clark, Andrew(1911–1975)

  • By: Dawn S. Bowen
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Andrew Hill Clark was a Canadian-born historical geographer who is widely regarded as the father of the subdiscipline in North America. Clark's career at the University of Wisconsin was cut short when he succumbed to cancer at the age of 64. Clark's development as a historical geographer took a circuitous path but ultimately led to teaching positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Rutgers University, and the University of Wisconsin. It was here that the evolution of his understanding of historical geography became most apparent. More important, perhaps, was his contribution to the discipline through supervision of 19 doctoral dissertations. Many of his students, including David Ward, Cole Harris, James Lemon, Robert Mitchell, and Arthur Ray, became prominent historical geographers in their own right.

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