Yi-Fu Tuan Death – Influential Human Geography Legend Yi-Fu Tuan passed away on Wednesday 10th August 2022 at Madison University, Wisconsin, USA.at the age of 92. The cause of his death is unknown at this time. Yi-Fu Tuan was born on December 5, 1930 in Tianjin, China. Tuan was particularly fascinated by contradictory human experiences, particularly those that reverberate with the competing pulls of space and place, the close and the far away. His methodology is alluded to in titles like “Segmented Worlds and Self,” “Continuity and Discontinuity,” “Morality and Imagination,” “Cosmos and Hearth,” “Dominance and Affection,” and most importantly, “Space and Place.”
Yi-Fu Tuan’s Education and Early Life
Yi-Fu Tuan was educated in China, Australia, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. He began his education at University College London, but ultimately earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Oxford in 1951 and 1955, respectively. After that, he continued his geographical education by moving to the state of California. In 1957, he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tuan traveled from New Mexico, where he had been teaching at the University of New Mexico from 1959 until 1965, to Toronto between 1966 and 1968, where he was employed as a professor at the University of Toronto. In 1968, he was promoted to the position of full professor at the University of Minnesota.
Yi-Fu Tuan’s Career
Yi-Fu Tuan was awarded a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. His forays into this approach began earlier with an article on topophilia that appeared in the journal Landscape. However, he became known for his work in humanistic geography while he was a professor at the University of Minnesota. During this time, he became known for his contributions to this field. He explained the distinction between human geography and humanistic geography in a letter addressed to a colleague in 2004 and titled “Dear Colleague.”
After spending 14 years at the University of Minnesota, he relocated to Madison, Wisconsin, and is currently serving as the J.K. Wright and Vilas Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1985–1998). In 1986, he was elected to become a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2001, he was elected to become a fellow of the British Academy, and in 2002, he was elected to become a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1987, the American Geographical Society bestowed upon Tuan the Cullum Geographical Medal, and in 2012, the society bestowed upon him the Vautrin Lud Prize.
Yi-Fu Tuan’s obituary has not been released by the family
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