Porteous, J(ohn) Douglas) 1943-

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PORTEOUS, J(ohn) Douglas) 1943-


Born November 26, 1943, in York, England; son of Arthur Douglas (a plumber) and Phyllis (a postmistress; maiden name, Mell) Porteous; married Carol Whitehead, September 4, 1965 (divorced, 1983); children: Jonathan Gavin Mell. Ethnicity: "Pacific Islander." Education: Oxford University, B.A., 1965, M.A., 1969; University of Hull, Ph.D., 1969; postdoctoral study at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969. Politics: Socialist. Religion: "Anglican agnostic." Hobbies and other interests: Landscape gardening, Greek Orthodox monasteries, "traveling rough."


Home—1433 Friarcliff Lane, Suite 405, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8S 3J6. Office—Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Box 3050, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8W 3P5.


University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, assistant professor, 1959-74, associate professor, 1974-78, professor of geography, 1978—. Member of Easter Island Foundation, Friends of Mount Athos, and Flower Liberators of Saturna.


Philip Larkin Society.


Kennedy scholar, Kennedy Memorial Trust, 1969.


The Company Town of Goole: An Essay in Urban Genesis, University of Hull Press (Hull, England), 1969.

Canal Ports: The Urban Achievement of the Canal Age, Academic Press (England), 1977.

Environment and Behavior: Planning and Everyday Urban Life, Addison-Wesley (Reading, MA), 1977.

The Modernization of Easter Island, University of Victoria Press (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), 1981.

Degrees of Freedom (poetry), Saturnalia Press (Saturna Island, British Columbia, Canada), 1988. The Mells: Surname Geography, Family History, Saturnalia Press (Saturna Island, British Columbia, Canada), 1988.

Planned to Death, Manchester University Press (Manchester, England), 1989.

Landscapes of the Mind, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1990.

(With D. Pocock) Perspectives from the Center of the Heart (in Japanese), Kokon Shoin (Tokyo, Japan), 1992.

Environmental Aesthetics, Routledge (London, England), 1996.

Degrees of Latitude (poetry), Saturnalia Press (Saturna Island, British Columbia, Canada), 1997.

(With S. Smith) Domicide: The Global Destruction of Home, McGill-Queen's University Press (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2001.


Rapanui/Easter Island: A History.

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