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Geddes, Sir Patrick, 1854-1932 (biologist, sociologist, educationist and town planner)



  • Existence: 1854-1932

Patrick Geddes was born in Ballater, Aberdeenshire on 2 October 1854. He was educated at Perth Academy and then studied at the Royal College of Mines in London, 1874-1878. He lectured in Zoology at Edinburgh University, 1880-1888. He held the Chair of Botany at University College, Dundee, from 1888 to 1919, and the Chair of Sociology at the University of Bombay from 1919 to 1924. Geddes was actively occupied in city improvement, town planning, and educational initiatives at home, on the continent, and in India. He drew up a city plan for both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and he developed the Cite Universitaire Mediterraneanne (College des Ecossais) at Montpellier, France, and the educational facility at the Outlook Tower, Edinburgh.
Geddes was knighted in 1932. His publications included: Evolution of sex, with Sir J. Arthur Thomson; Cities in evolution; and The life and work of Sir Jagadis C. Bose. He died in France, at Montpellier, on 17 April 1932. Geddes was an influence on subsequent British urban planners.

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Cities and Town Planning Exhibition, Dublin, 24 May 1911 - 07 June 1911

Identifier: Coll-1167/A/1/5
Scope and Contents Catalogue of the Cities and Town Planning Exhibition held in the Simmonscourt Hall of the Royal Dublin Society, Ball's Bridge. Organised by the Ui Breasail and printed in Dublin by Browne and Nolan Ltd.
Dates: 24 May 1911 - 07 June 1911

Cities and Town Planning Exhibition, Edinburgh, 13 March 1911 - 1 April 1911

Identifier: Coll-1167/A/1/4
Scope and Contents Explanatory guide book and outline guide book by Patrick Geddes and Frank C. Mears to the Edinburgh Cities and Town Planning Exhibition. Published by Hutchinson, Edinburgh, official publisher.
Dates: 13 March 1911 - 1 April 1911

Exhibition catalogues and summaries, 1910 - 1915

Identifier: Coll-1167/A/1
Scope and Contents Sub-series of items providing background information on the original Cities and Town Planning Exhibitions, including exhibition catalogues and extracts from published works in which Patrick Geddes and co-authors summarise exhibition layout, content and ideology.
Dates: 1910 - 1915

Letter to Sir Donald Francis Tovey from Sir Patrick Geddes, 12 January 1923

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L1167
Scope and Contents Letter, 12 January 1923, Bombay, Patrick Geddes to Donald Tovey. Description of the planning Geddes is doing in India and Jerusalem and asking Tovey how he would like a music faculty in a University to be designed, what are his requirements, to help Geddes in his work. Holograph signed.
Dates: 12 January 1923

Letters from Patrick Geddes to R. E. Muirhead

Identifier: Coll-1159
Scope and Contents Two of the letters are Geddes' autograph, one dated 23 November 1928, the other 4 December (1928), and both are written on headed notepaper: College des Ecossais, Plan des Quatre Seigneurs, Montpellier, France. The third is a typescript which forms a postscript to the second letter. At the time of writing, Geddes was living in his old age at Montpellier. As ever, Geddes is urging change and new perspectives. The letters are from Geddes to R. E. Muirhead, chairman of the National...
Dates: 1928

Material relating to the Outlook Tower Current Events Club

Identifier: Coll-800
Scope and Contents The collection consists of press cuttings made by the Outlook Tower Current Events Club c. 1895-1914. The subject material ranges from: Africa, agriculture, America, architecture, art, music and literature, astronomy, the Balkans, the British Empire, China, civics, the Congo and the Nile, Dreyfus, Ireland, the Philippines, education, eugenics, Europe, gardens and garden cities, finance, hygiene, industries, labour, medicine, Parliament, polar expeditions, nature and science, meteorology, the...
Dates: 1895-1914

Outline of a Survey of Edinburgh, 1910

Identifier: Coll-1167/A/1/1
Scope and Contents Reprint from the catalogue of the Royal Institute of British Architects' Town Planning Conference Exhibition at the Royal Academy, 1910. Printed in London by W. M. Clowes and Sons, Ltd.
Dates: 1910

Papers of Lewis T. Waters

Identifier: Coll-1264
Scope and Contents The collection is composed of the following copies of letters: letter, manuscript, from Arthur Geddes to Mrs. J. Unwin [undated] letter, typescript, from Mrs. J. Unwin, London, to Arthur, 7 May [no year] letter, manuscript, from Arthur Geddes, Edinburgh, to Mr. Waters, 9 May 1967 letter, typescript, from Unwin at the Greater London Regional Planning Office,...
Dates: 1904-1967

Papers of William Speirs Bruce

Identifier: Coll-72
Scope and Contents The Papers of William Speirs Bruce consist of a substantial number of manuscripts and ephemera including pamphlets; notes and notebooks; annotated typescripts; annotated offprints; picture postcards; photographs; examination papers; sketch maps; diaries; press cuttings; correspondence; lists of specimens; book catalogues; soundings; lecture engagements; lectures; and, maps. The Papers handle a wide variety of subjects including the 'Balaena', fish and fisheries, Franz Josef Land, the...
Dates: 1892-1923

Patrick Geddes Collection

Identifier: Coll-1167
Scope and Contents The collection contains original exhibits from Patrick Geddes' replacement Cities and Town Planning Exhibitions (which was constituted 1914-1924, after the original exhibition was lost at sea during transit to India in October 1914). Also included are items from Geddes' Survey of Edinburgh (which formed part of the Cities and Town Planning Exhibition as an illustration of Geddes' city and region survey). The Survey of Edinburgh includes over 250 glass plate negatives which were commissioned to...
Dates: 1753-c 1985