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Biographical entry Prescott, John Robert Victor (Victor) (1931 - 2018)

Born
12 May 1931
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
Died
17 August 2018
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Geographer

Summary

John Prescott was a geographer whose research focused mainly on international boundaries, particularly marine boundaries. His studies covered border disputes across southern Asia, the Pacific Ocean and Africa, as well as Australian Aboriginal concepts of territory and borders. Prescott's expertise was called on as advisor to government and in cases involving native title claims to seas and seabeds, and maritime boundary cases before the International Court of Justice and the United States Supreme Court. Among his publications were the landmark books The maritime political boundaries of the world (2006) with Clive Schofield, and International frontiers and boundaries (2008) with Gillian Triggs. Prescott was Professor of Geography at the University of Melbourne from 1986 to 1996.

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1952
Education - BSc, King's College, University of Durham, United Kingdom
1952 - 1954
Career position - Served with the Royal Artillery (national service)
1954
Education - DipEd, King's College, University of Durham, United Kingdom
1956 - 1961
Career position - Lecturer in Geography, University College, Ibadan, Nigeria
1961
Life event - Settled in Australia
1961 - 1965
Career position - Lecturer in Geography, University of Melbourne
1965 - 1969
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Melbourne
1969 - 1986
Career position - Reader in Geography, University of Melbourne
1972 - 1975
Career position - Chairman, Department of Geography, University of Melbourne
1979 - 2018
Award - Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
1983
Career position - Academic-in-Residence, Department of Foreign Affairs
1986 - 1996
Career position - Professor of Geography, University of Melbourne
1995 - 1996
Career position - President, Academic Board, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne
1996 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Department of Geography, University of Melbourne

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Journal Articles

  • Prescott, Dorothy and Whyte, Brendan, 'John Robert Victor Prescott B.Sc., M.A., Dip.Ed. (Durham), Ph.D. (Lon.), M.A. (Melb.), FASSA, 1931 - 2018', The globe, 85 (2019), 62-74. Details

See also

  • Robson, Alexandra K., Production Manager and Editor, Who's who in Australia 2019 (Southbank, Vic.: AAP Directories, 2018), 1788 pp. Details

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