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Vaughan Cornish: Geographer (With a bibliography of his published works)
Goudie, A. (1972). Vaughan Cornish: Geographer (With a bibliography of his published works). Trans. - Inst. Br. Geogr. (1965) 55: 1-16
In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (1965). Institute of British Geographers: London. ISSN 0020-2754, more
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  • Goudie, A.

    Vaughan Cornish (1862-1948), selected by C. O. Sauer as one of six geographers whose readings would provide a 'truly liberal geographic education', was a worker of wide interests and versatility. He never held a university post, but was highly productive, publishing over ninety papers and books, and was President of both the Geographical Association and Section E of the British Association. He was a regular speaker at the Royal Geographical Society. His contributions to geography can be grouped into three main fields: the study of wave forms, the study of frontiers and capitals in historical and political geography and the study of aesthetic geography. He was the first British geographer to make a major study of dunes and made pioneer quantitative studies of their morphometry. His politico-historical geography, while widely noted at the time, has now little impact, but his work on the preservation and aesthetics of scenery, which occupied the last part of his life, is of major significance. He attempted to evaluate the landscape objectively in terms of scenic beauty and made practical contributions to scenic preservation by donating his coastal land to the public and campaigning for the establishment of National Parks.

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