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).