Many congratulations to my colleague, Professor Ron Johnson MA(Manc), PhD (Monash), LLD(Monash), DU(Essex), DLitt(Sheff), DLitt(Bath), AcSS, FBA who can know add the letters OBE his name. The honour has been awarded for services to scholarship.
Anyone in the discipline of geography, as well as others beyond, will know of Ron’s work which broadly fall into three interests: Electoral and political geography, urban social geography (including segregation analysis), and the history of human geography. Most recently he has been a recent visitor to the House of Commons advising MPs and their parties about the UK electoral boundaries and their impact upon the election results under our first-past-the-post system.
A sense of Ron’s extraordinary body of work can be obtained by clicking here and here (though the latter includes a link to a book about The Harmonica that I am pretty certain he didn’t write: books on church bells, yes; harmonica, no).
However, looking at these lists of publications, impressive though they are, misses something more important: Ron is not only an extraordinarily able scholar, he is also an extraordinarily generous one, being quick to see and to value other people’s work and to offer good advice, support and encouragement to younger researchers like myself.
So, many congratulations, Ron. It is a thoroughly deserved award. You may soon have the full alphabet of letters after your name!