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Ref No UR-SF 74
Title Dr Alwyn Scarth papers
Date 1950s-c2009
Description 2 x copied photos of Scarth; boxfile of notebooks and other material relating to Scarth's time at St Catherine's; File of correspondence and papers relating to employment at UoD; Publications by Scarth of 5 books and 6 monographs; 6 x files of papers relating to his teaching and research;, also folder and box of photos and slides of same; 3 x ringbinders of papers relating to teaching and research; 4 x boxes marked 'Scarth'' containing papers and photos relating to his publications; 2 x boxfiles of papers relating to research
Level Fonds
Extent 3 bankers boxes
Access Status Open
Language English
Admin History Alwyn Scarth was born 4 September 1936 at Morley Hall, Leeds, and was one of five children. He was educated at Battley Grammar School from 1947-55 and matriculated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge in 1955, where he read Geography. He specialised in Geomorphology, graduating BA in 1958 and MSc in 1962 . While there, he also won a scholarship to study in France at the University of Clermont-Ferrand between 1958-9, 1960-61. This began his lifelong love of the country. After graduating PhD in 1963, Scarth took up a post of Lecturer in Geography at Queen's College, Dundee, specialisi g in Geomorphology, the geography of France and Amercian Studies. He was the Director of American Studies at the university for 5 years and also organised the Transatlantic Student Exchane with Canadian and US universities. His own research focussed primarily on volcanoes; his research saw him spend many years travelling the world. Scarth took early retirement in 1993, after which he concentrated on publishing his work, including 'Savage Earth' (1997), a work commissioned to accompany the ITV series of the same name. Scarth also contributed many papers, reviewed articles and journals and translated work from French into English. A regular visitor before his retirment, in his later years he spent more time living in France, regularly returning to his home in Broughty Ferry and to visit his extended family in Leeds with whom he was very close. Scarth moved permanently to Yorkshire in 2016 when illness overtook him,where he died in April of the following year.


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