Geographer Robert Arthur Downing: Born on October 28, 1928, Northumberland;
University of California, Berkeley, George 6 th century researcher 1955-56;
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh 1956-58;
Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Birmingham, 1958-70;
Latin American geography lecturer, University of Cambridge 1971-
90, history and geography reading 1990-96 (Emeritus);
Cambridge Jesus Institute researcher 1972-96 (Emeritus), Tutor 1975-96; FBA 1985;
Married 1970 Jennifer Kennedy (one daughter);
February 1, 2006 died Cambridge
Robin Donkin is an outstanding scholar. his main legacy of geography literature is a series of international
Subject matter of plant and animal domestication and new and old cultural contacts.
Robert Donkin, born in 1928 in Morpeth, Northumberland, was educated at Morpeth and Jarrow Grammar schools, and he was at King's College Newcastle upon Tyne in 1950
He stayed at Durham University and completed his PhD within three years under the supervision of M. R. G.
Conzen, published in 1957, contributed to Cistercian in the 12th-century and 13th-century Geography of England and Wales.
After serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery (
This gives him the opportunity to conduct field trips in Egypt and Jordan)
In 1955, he was selected as King George VI researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where he expanded his interest in monastery institutions to Francis Manor in California.
The work of Carl O.
Sol, a leading American cultural geographer and head of his department, will have a lasting impact on Tang Jin's approach to the subject and its content, because it is in Berkeley, he has developed his life's interest in agricultural origin and indigenous New World.
Returning to the UK in 1956, he worked in the Edinburgh department of geography for two years and then moved to a lecturer in Birmingham until 1970.
During that time, he published more than a dozen papers discussing all aspects of Cistercian's agricultural activities, particularly their role in Highland reclamation and use.
His work brings a new geographical turn to the study of monasteries and complements the work of medieval monastery historians, especially David Knowles. Donkin's wide-
A broad understanding of medieval England's historical geography is best seen by his 60-year-old master.
On the page synthesis of "changes in the early Middle Ages", he is H. C.
New history and geography of Britain (editor-in-chief)1973).
Although there are more publications on the reservoir, 1970 of people saw a huge shift in Tang Jin's academic interest to Central America, who in 1966 worked as a researcher at Leverhulme67.
Appointed as a Latin American geography lecturer in Cambridge in 1970, and soon after receiving a scholarship at Jesus College, Tang Jin will spend the rest of his life in Cambridge as a historical geographer, where he studied a series of striking themes, and focus on specialized monographs, not Papers.
The first of them, Spanish red: ethnographic study of Carmine and cactus (1977)
Still the main work of this important dye.
This is one of the most valuable goods of the European textile industry imported from the New World by Spain.
After the agricultural terraces of the indigenous New World (1979)
Manna: Historical Geography (1980)
And Peccary: Observations on the introduction of pigs into the new world (1985).
Further work on origin and diffusion led to the duck, Carina moschata domestica, Moscow-
Origin, Diffusion and related aspects of domestication geography (1989)
Donkin said in the introduction that this was a late response to Carl Sauer 1943's call to provide more information about the bird, one of the few in the world to go with the camel and the camel
His next work is "meleinddes: The History and ethnographic study of pearl chicken" and is similar. 1991).
Seven years later, after a long field visit and literature study, Tang Jin produced pearls that exceeded the price.
Fishing, The Age of Discovery (1998)
Published as a memoir of American Philosophy Society, and described by an outstanding critic as "the highest achievement of the world --class scholar".
The amazing width of Donkin's learning is more obvious, especially at 60-
The Bibliography of the cited works.
This book is an outstanding synthesis of world literature.
The text of Donkin is carefully recorded (
His academic mark)
And there are a lot of illustrations and map support (
Drafted by him, but cleverly redrawn by department cartographer Michael Young for final publication).
Robin Donkin is a man of extraordinary curiosity.
He is particularly fascinated by the origin of things and how they are formed.
When he retired, he didn't let-
In his research
The rare room of the University of Cambridge library is his second home.
In 1999, he published The Dragon's Brain Perfume: The Historical Geography of the camphor tree, and in 2003 he published between the East and the West: The moringa islands and the traffic of spices.
Prior to the ad2500, a book on ocean exploration in the Atlantic and Indian oceans had been submitted for publication, and just one or two days before his death, Donkin was working on all aspects of corn cultivation.
Tang Jin's scholarship was chosen as a scholarship for the British Academy in 1985, which is taken for granted.
This creates a chair in most universities.
In 1990, the readership of Cambridge grew slowly.
He was awarded the LittD Award in 1993.
In September 1995, he considered it a great honor to give Carl O.
Memorial Lecture at Sol, Berkeley.
He is said to have eaten the duck on this occasion.
Donkin is a loyal and honest scholar who is most happy when working alone.
He liked gardening, traveling and observing at first.
Both in Europe and beyond.
In the early days he walked, rode a motorcycle or later became a legendary Alvis car.
Recently, both the bus in India and the railway in China are local means of transport.
While he has little interest in administrative or senior positions, he is one of the most serious teachers.
He rarely misses lectures or supervision.
The students, especially those of whom he served as director of research at Jesus College, remember him in a way of admiration, respect and love.
They remember his harsh standards and the length of the reading list.
Those older people, who now occupy a high academic position, will recall his appearance behind the typewriter in a fog, surrounded by record cards made in foreign languages,
He is born to be a very modest, polite and kind person, he is witty and humorous;
His laughter sounded in memory.
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