RMP - Prothero, Professor Ralph Mansell - 1926-2004
Includes offprints of published articles, research notes, funding applications, correspondence, papers relating to societies and organisations Prothero was involved with, and some personal papers.
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|Summary:||Includes offprints of published articles, research notes, funding applications, correspondence, papers relating to societies and organisations Prothero was involved with, and some personal papers.|
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Professor Ralph Mansell Prothero (known as Mansell), a distinguished Africanist population and medical geographer, was born on 20 Aug 1924 in Merthyr Tydfil. He was brought up in Merthyr Tydfil and attended grammar school there, before reading Geography at Aberystwyth University, 1942-1945. He studied for his teaching diploma in 1946, and gained an MA in 1947 on the cultural contacts between the Bristol Channel lowlands in prehistoric times.
After working in the Department of Geography at the University of Edinburgh, he moved to the newly founded Department of Geography at Ibadan University College, Nigeria in 1950 as a lecturer. In 1954 he attained a Research Fellowship in the West African Institute for Social and Economic Research. In 1955 he was appointed the Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and later held the positions of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, and holder of a personal chair as Professor of Geography. He was Head of Geography 1980-85, and retired in 1989.
As well as teaching at the University of Liverpool, he held visiting posts at Israel (Hebrew University), Australia (ANU), Mexico (Universidad Nacional), USA (Minnesota and Hawaii), and several Indian universities. He also worked with the World Health Organization and the International Geographical Union.
Professor Prothero died on 24 Dec 2013 at home in Neston, Merseyside. His wife, Peggy, predeceased him in 2003.