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Professor Tuan in his office in Science Hall, 2013.
(Photograph: © Nancy Nye Hunt)

Yi-Fu Tuan Yi-Fu Tuan is among the most decorated and influential geographers of all time. A Fellow of both the British Academy and American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in 2012 he received the Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize, the highest award given in the field of geography and modeled after the Nobel Prize, and in 2013 was awarded the Soplace Award, in which he was recognized as the "Father of Humanist Geography." For fourteen years he taught at the University of Minnesota, and, from 1983 until his 'official' retirement in 1998, he held two endowed chairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving as the John K. Wright Professor of Geography and the Vilas Research Professor of Geography. Professor Tuan has written twenty-two acclaimed and influential books since 1968, most recently Romantic Geography: In Search of the Sublime Landscape, Humanist Geography: An Individual's Search for Meaning, and, with Martha A. Strawn, Religion: From Place to Placelessness. Professor Tuan passed away in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2022.


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