Collection UR-SF 9 - Sir Patrick Geddes, Professor of Botany, University College, Dundee 1888-1919

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Sir Patrick Geddes, Professor of Botany, University College, Dundee 1888-1919


  • 1884-2004 (Creation)

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0.31 linear metres

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Patrick Geddes was born in Ballater in 1854 and later studied under Thomas Huxley at the Royal College of Mines in London between 1874 and 1878. He worked as a Biology demonstrator and zoology lecturer at Edinburgh University between 1880 and 1888. Geddes held the Chair of Botany at University College Dundee between 1888 and 1919, lecturing in the summer terms only. During his time as Professor of Botany at University College Dundee, he travelled extensively in America lecturing at many universities and published widely on town planning and urban studies. He was appointed to the Chair of Sociology at University of Bombay in 1919 and continued until 1924. Geddes was asked to design the new Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1919 and travelled to it's opening in 1924. He was knighted in 1932 and died the same year in Montpellier.

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Photocopies of documents from the Sir Patrick Geddes collection held at the University of Strathclyde, relating to his period at University College, Dundee; 'Note on Draft Plan for Institute of Geography', and 'Nature Study and Geographical Education', by Sir Patrick Geddes; taken from the Scottish Geographical Magazine, Vol. 18, 1902. [Photocopy]; 'A Naturalists' Society and its Work', Parts 1 and 2; taken from the Scottish Geographical Magazine, Vol. 19, 1903. DVD 2004


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are on paper.

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The originals of some of these items are held by Strathclyde University Archives

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This collection was previously catalogued as Recs C/9

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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