Elected: 1976
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Professor John Terence Coppock CBE FRSE
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Terry Coppock was one of the outstanding geographers of his generation, a major contributor to academic ‎life in Scotland, an untiring advocate of the application of academic research to public policy, and a ‎proponent of the use of information technology in research in many fields of the humanities and social ‎sciences. Ogilvie Professor of Geography in the University of Edinburgh from 1966 to1986, and Secretary ‎and Treasurer of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland from 1986 to 2000, he was born in ‎Cardiff on 2nd June 1921 and died in Edinburgh on 28th June 2000. Educated at Penarth County School, he ‎left school at 17 in 1938 and became a civil servant in the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Shortly afterwards ‎he joined a territorial battalion of the Welsh Regiment, went to camp in August 1939, and did not return to ‎civil life for over seven years. He spent the first two and a half years of military service in various parts of ‎the UK including Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the next four and a half in various parts of the Middle ‎East which he reached via Cape Town and Aden. He had always enjoyed geography at school and his ‎extensive travels in the Middle East awakened his interest in the differences between places. However, he ‎returned to the Civil Service in 1946 and rapidly became in turn an executive officer in the Ministry of ‎Works and an officer of Customs and Excise (his pre-War ambition). A year later, in 1949, he left to accept a ‎place at Queen’s College, Cambridge, where within two years he was awarded first class in both Parts I and ‎II of the Geographical Tripos. After a year as a research student in Cambridge, reading widely and ‎continuing his practice of sampling senior undergraduate courses in other disciplines, he was appointed to ‎the staff of the Geography Department of University College, where he remained for fifteen years, as ‎Assistant Lecturer (1950-52), Lecturer (1952-64) and Reader (1964-65).