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Charles Moler Davis

retired geographer , educator

Charles Moler Davis was American geographer, educator. Recipient Carnegie Corporation grant-in-aid, 1939-1940.


Davis, Charles Moler was born on December 11, 1900 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of Charles Moler and Margaret Bigger (Porter) Davis.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1925, A.M., 1926, Doctor of Philosophy., 1935.


Instructor in geography, University of Michigan, 1931-1938, assistant professor, 1938-1942, associate professor, 1945-1949, professor, 1949-1971, professor emeritus, 1971-1972, department chairman geography, 1956-1966. Visiting professor of University California at Los Angeles, summer 1947, University Texas, summer 1951, also U. Washington, summer 1963. Fulbright research scholar, Australia, 1952.

Geographer, Institute for Fisheries Research, 1931-1932. Assistant land negotiator, United States Biological Survey, 1935. Carnegie visiting professor U. Hawaii, 1962.

Section organizer 10th Pacific Science Congress, Honolulu, 1961. Geographer United States Geological Survey, 1966-1967, member National Research Council Committee on Remote Sensing Advisory, 1966-1972. Director Institute on Remote Sensing for Geographers.


  • Contributor articles on geografic subjects to professional mags.


Served from lieutenant commander to captain, United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1960. Member academic library advisory board United States Air Force Academy, 1958. Chairman commission on geografic field techniques National Research Council, 1949-1953.

Member committee advisory to geografic branch Office of Naval Research, 1949-1951. Member Association of America Geographers (delegate to National Academy Science-National Research Council 1959-1962), Michigan Academy Science, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma, Chi Gamma Phi, Delta Tau Delta. Club: University (Ann Arbor).


Married Margaret Beal, October 31, 1931.

Charles Moler Davis

Margaret Bigger (Porter) Davis

Margaret Beal