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Current Position: John A. Hannah Professor, Michigan State University
Former Positions: John Deaver Drinko Professor of Geography, Marshall University
George Landegger Distinguished Professor, Georgetown University
Presidential Professor, Colorado School of Mines
Professor and Chair (Geography), University of Miami
Professor and Associate Director (African Studies), Michigan State University
Degrees: Ph.D. (1959)  Northwestern University
M.A. (1957)  Northwestern University
B.Sc. (1955) (Geology and Geography)  University of the Witwatersrand
Honorary Degrees: Doctorate of Humane Letters (2001)   North Carolina State University
Doctorate of Humane Letters (2001)   Grand Valley State University
Doctorate of Science (1999)   Michigan State University
Doctorate in the Humanities (1995)   Rhode Island College
Doctorate of Science (1991)   Marshall University
Research and
Author, Co-Author, or Editor of over 30 Books, including:
   -Professional Atlas of North America (Oxford University Press, 2005)
Earth 88: Geographic Perspectives (National Geographic, 1988)
Wine Regions of the Southern Hemisphere (Rowman/Allanheld, 1985)
Wine: a Geographic Appreciation (Rowman/Allanheld, 1983)
Mombasa: an African City (Northwestern University Press, 1968)
Dar es Salaam: a Study in Urban Geography (Northwestern University Press, 1963)
   -Text Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts (Wiley: 15 editions)
Human Geography (Wiley: 10 Editions)
Physical Geography of the Global Environment (Wiley and Oxford University Press: 4 editions)
The Earth: a Physical and Human Geography (Wiley: 4 editions)
   -Trade Why Geography Matters - More than Ever (Oxford University Press, 2012)
The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2009)
Wartime Encounter(Hudson River Publishing, 2007)
Harm de Blij's Geography Book (Wiley, 1995)
Nature on the Rampage (Smithsonian, 1994)
   -Translations Books translated and published in French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Ukrainian, Korean
   -Articles Over 100 Articles and Chapters in Peer-Reviewed, Trade, and Popular Literature
Media: Author, Commentator "The Power of Place" (PBS Series), 1996-1997
Geography Analyst, NBC News, 1996-1998
Geography Editor, "Good Morning America" (ABC) 1989-1996
Author, Lecturer "Subsaharan Africa" and "Political Geography" Series, University of the Air, 1966 and 1968
Editor: The Journal of Geography (1970-74), National Geographic Research (1984-1990)
Awards, Honors:
George J. Miller Award, National Council for Geographic Education Presidential Achievement Award, Association of American Geographers
Honorary Fellow, American Geographical Society
Gilbert M. Grosvenor Award, National Council for Geographic Education
Publication Award, Chicago Geographical Society
Distinguished Geography Educator, National Geographic Society
Emmy Award (joint), American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Silver Medal, Office International de la Vigne et du Vin, Paris
Phi Beta Kappa
Personal: Wife, Bonnie; children Tanya (Web Site Designer) and James (Discovery Channel staff). Amateur violinist. Offices in Florida (P.O. Box 608, Boca Grande, FL 33921) and Massachusetts (P.O. Box 787, Chatham, MA 02633). Travel: over 100 countries.