Robert "Bob" Brown received his B.A. in Geography from Oregon State University in 1960. He continued his studies into graduate school, and received his M.Sc. in Geography from Oregon State in 1962. He then pursued doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, and was awarded his Ph.D. in Geography in 1967. Brown was an assistant professor of Geography at Oklahoma State University for two years before he joined Simon Fraser University’s Geography department as an assistant professor in 1967, and he was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1969. He was a resources geographer who studied fisheries economics and policy, with some attention to location theory as well.
Frank Cunningham received his B.A. and M.A. in Geography from Durham University, receiving the latter in 1940. Cunningham was the head of the Geography department at Nottingham College of Education when he was hired as an associate professor and charter faculty member at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Geography in 1965; his brother Allan B. Cunningham, was hired as the Head of the History department.
Michael Eliot-Hurst received his B.Sc. and his Ph.D. in Geography from Durham University in 1962 and 1966 respectively. Eliot-Hurst joined Simon Fraser University’s Department of Geography in 1965 as an instructor and charter faculty member. He was promoted to the rank of assistant professor in 1966 after he received his doctorate, and he was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1969. Eliot-Hurst’s area of research was the geography of transportation and population, land use and traffic generation and social geography.
A proud, native Vancouverite, Warren Gill attended the University of British Columbia for all of his post-secondary education. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Geography, receiving the latter in 1972 after completing a novel thesis that examined how appearance and behaviour dictated which nightclubs one attended in Vancouver. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Studies in 1981, after completing a dissertation on mainstream urban lifestyles and urban planning. Gill began his academic career in 1977, when he joined Simon Fraser University’s Department of Geography in 1977.
Archibald "Archie" MacPherson received his MA in Geography at the University of Edinburgh in 1950. He worked at the Bank of Scotland and served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War before he began his studies, and he took up his first academic position as an assistant lecturer in Geography at the University of Edinburgh in 1951. MacPherson then became a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in 1954. Two years later he returned to the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer and was promoted to the rank of senior lecturer in 1962. In 1965, he became professor and first head of Geography at Simon Fraser University.
Catherine Nesmith received her BA in Economics and Geography from the University of Victoria. She later pursued graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, from which she received a PhD in Human Geography. In 1991, she joined Simon Fraser University as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Geography and Women’s Studies. Her research examined the relationship between women and the environment and development, and women’s access to resources. The gendered nature of common property in South East Asia was also of interest. Nesmith left Simon Fraser University in 1996. She spent a few years as an English as an Additional Language instructor before taking up a position as a Research Analyst with Indian and Northern Affairs.
Thomas Poiker received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Economic Geography in 1966, and he joined Simon Fraser University’s Geography department in 1967. While trained as an economic geographer, Poiker quickly became interested in the emerging fields of computer cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and became one of the pioneers in GIS research. He has published widely on GIS and is known for being one of the scholars responsible for the Douglas-Peucker algorithm, and he invented the idea of Triangular Irregular Networks (TIN) for explicit topography. His extensive knowledge of computers led to a joint appointment with Computer Science from 1975 to 1986, although Poiker returned to a full-time appointment in Geography.
Phil Wagner completed all of his post-secondary education at the University of California at Berkeley; he began his studies in Russian Studies in 1947, and received his Ph.D. in Geography – Wagner shifted his academic specialty when he started his doctoral studies – in 1953. Wagner took up an appointment at the University of Chicago in the 1950s, and conducted research in cultural geography in Latin America; his first book, Nicoya: A Cultural Geography (1958), emerged out of field research in Costa Rica.