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Harm Jan de Blij

editor , geography educator

Harm Jan de Blij, American Geography educator, editors Fellow Northwestern University African Studies program, 1958-1959. Fellow African Studies Association, American Geography Society (honorary); member Organisation for Tropical Studies (board of directors 1971-1974), Association American Geographers (councillor1970-1972, secretary 1972-1975, steering committee Southeastern division 1971-1973), PhiBeta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi. M C.

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 Organisation for Tropical Studies (board of directors 1971-1974), Association American Geographers (councillor1970-1972, secretary 1972-1975, steering committee Southeastern division 1971-1973), PhiBeta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi. M C.

Interests

  • Other 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.

father:
Hendrik Blij

mother:
Nelly (Erwich) Blij

spouses:
Katherine Ruth Powers

Bonnie Helen Doughty

children:
Tanya Powers Blij

Hugh James Blij