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Harm Jan de Blij

Harm Jan de Blij, American geography educator, editor. Fellow Northwestern University African Studies program, 1958-1959. Fellow African Studies Association, American Geography Society (honorary); member Organization for Tropical Studies (board of directors 1971-1974), Association American Geographers (councillor 1970-1972, secretary 1972-1975, steering committee Southeastern division 1971-1973), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi.

Background

  • Blij, Harm Jan de was born on October 9, 1935 in Schiedam, The Netherlands. Came to the United States, 1956. Son of Hendrik and Nelly (Erwich) de Blij.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Republic South Africa, 1955. Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1959.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Marshall University, 1991. HHD (honorary), Rhode Island College, 1995. Doctor of Science (honorary), Michigan State University, 1999.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Grand Valley State University, 2001. Doctor of Science (honorary), North Carolina State University, 2001.

    Career

    • Lecturer University Natal Pietermaritzburg, Republic South Africa, 1959-1960. Assistant professor Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1960-1961. From assistant professor to professor and associate director African Studies Center Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1961-1968.

      Professor, chairman department geography University Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1968, professor, 1968-1995, associate dean College Arts and Sciences, 1976-1978. Editor National Geographic Research magazine National Geographic Society, 1984-1990. Distinguished professor School Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1990-1995.

      University scientist University South Florida, St. Petersburg, 1995-1997. John Deaver Drinko Distinguished Professor Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, 1998-2000. Distinguished professor Michigan State University, since 2000.

      Geography editor Good Morning American, ABC-television, 1990-1996. Geography analyst NBC News, 1996-1998. Consultant publications, government agencies.

    Works

    Membership

    Fellow African Studies Association, American Geography Society (honorary). Member Organization for Tropical Studies (board of directors 1971-1974), Association American Geographers (councillor 1970-1972, secretary 1972-1975, steering committee Southeastern division 1971-1973), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi.

    Personality

    Interests

    Wine collection, violin, baseball.

    Connections

    • Married Katherine Ruth Powers, December 27, 1964 (divorced 1972). Children: Tanya Powers, Hugh James. Married Bonnie Helen Doughty, December 15, 1977.
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    Born October 9, 1935
    • 1955
      University Witwatersrand
    • 1957
      Northwestern University
    • 1959
      Northwestern University
    • 1991
      Marshall University
    • 1995
      Rhode Island College
    • 1999
      Michigan State University
    • 2001
      Grand Valley State University
    • 2001
      North Carolina State University
    • 1959 - 1960
      Lecturer, University Natal Pietermaritzburg
    • 1960 - 1961
      assistant, professor Northwestern University
      Evanston, Illinois, United States
    • 1961 - 1968
      from assistant, professor to professor and associate director African Studies Center Michigan State University
      East Lansing, Michigan, United States
    • 1968
      professor, department geography University Miami
      Coral Gables, Cayman Islands
    • 1968
      chairman, department geography University Miami
      Coral Gables, Cayman Islands
    • 1984 - 1990
      editor National Geographic Research magazine National Geographic Society
    • 1990 - 1995
      Distinguished professor, School Foreign Service
    • 1995 - 1997
      university scientist, University South Florida
    • 1998
      John Deaver Drinko Distinguished Professor, Marshall University
      Huntington, West Virginia, United States
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