Herbert John Fleure
Herbert John Fleure (June 6, 1877 – July 1, 1969), was a zoologist and geographer. He was secretary of the Geographical Association, editor of Geography, and President of the Cambrian Archaeological Association. He was a founder member of the Guernsey Society.
Fleure was born in Guernsey, the son of John Fleure and Marie Le Rougetel. His early education was interrupted, he spent one term at Elizabeth College in 1890, but had to leave owing to ill health. He continued his studies privately. In 1897, he attended the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he founded the Student Representative Council. He graduated with first-class honours in 1901 and went on to study at the Zoological Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.
Returning to Wales, he became Head of the Department of Zoology at Aberystwyth in 1908. He was judged medically unfit to serve in World War I. In 1917, he became Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the university, holding the post until 1930, when he became Professor of Geography at Victoria University, Manchester. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1936. Following his retirement in 1944, he was President of the Royal Anthropological Institute from 1945 to 1947, as well as chairman of the Folk Lore Society.
He was a founder member of the Guernsey Society, which was established in 1943 to represent the interests of the Nazi-occupied island to the British Authorities. After the war, he was a regular contributor to The Quarterly Review, as well as to The Guernsey Farmhouse, a book published by the Society in 1964 celebrating the ancient family houses in the island.
In 1910, he married Hilda Bishop, daughter of Rev C H Bishop of Guernsey. They had a son and two daughters.
He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the American Geographical Society in 1930, and its Daly Medal in 1939. He received the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1946.
- Human Geography in Western Europe (1918)
- The Peoples of Europe (1922)
- Races of England and Wales (1923)
- French Life and its Problems (1942)
- A Natural History of Man in Britain (1951)
- The Guernsey Farmhouse (1964)