Scottish geographer, secretary of the Royal Geographical Society
in the period 1892-1916.
Born in Dundee.
He was educated first in Perth, then successively at the
universities of St. Andrews, the Theological Department of the
United Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh, where he completed a full
course, but did not devote himself to a church career.
While still a student, Scott-Kelty engaged in systematic literary
activities and after 10 years of work in Edinburgh he moved to
There, in 1873, he became assistant editor of the magazine
"Nature", and in 1880, editor of Statesman's Year Book.
Geographical themes soon attracted his attention, since 1873 he
began to place geographical articles and reviews in the "Times",
gradually becoming an authority on travel and research.
In 1883, Scott-Kelty became a member of the Royal Geographical
Society, and the following year his candidacy was nominated from a
large number of applicants for the post of inspector of the Society
for Geographical Education.
After an intense year of work in this post, he prepared a
thoroughly elaborated report that became a milestone in the
development of geographical science not only in the British Isles,
but also in continental Europe.
The implementation of the provisions reflected in the report
gradually led to the fact that geography became a compulsory subject
of university science courses.
In 1885, Scott-Kelty headed the library of the society, and in
1892 he occupied the post of assistant secretary of the society.
Being a very responsible person, Scott-Kelty largely sacrificed
his personal literary activities in order to best fulfill his duties
in the Geographical Society.
One of his important tasks was the reorganization of the
periodicals of the company.
The irregularly published “Notes of the Society” no longer
corresponded to the volume and variety of incoming geographic
Since 1893, thanks to the titanic efforts of Scott-Kelty, a
monthly Geographical Journal of the society began to appear,
reflecting all the geographic information coming from all over the
Until 1917, he served as chief editor of this magazine.
Work in the Geographical Society, as Scott-Kelty himself
admitted, was his main contribution to geography; nevertheless, he
managed to engage in literary activities primarily in the journal he
In editorial articles, he put up for discussion many important
issues that need to be discussed, for example, concerning colonial
A major contribution to geography was his work, Partition of
Africa, Applied Geography, a geographical series of books for
Scott-Kelty was an honorary member of the Vienna Geographical
Society and an honorary corresponding member of almost all
geographic societies in Europe and some countries in America.
He was awarded the Medal of Queen Victoria of the Royal
Geographical Society, gold medals of the Paris and Scottish
Geographical Societies, the Swedish North Star Medal, the Norwegian
- St. Olaf, the Finnish - White Rose.
He died in London.
Many foreign geographers, including
F. Nansen, sent
Islands off the
east coast of Greenland
north of Trail Island.
An island in the west of the
archipelago Franz Josef Land.
Opened in the spring of 1895 by the expedition of
View on Scott
Kelty Island from Quiet Bay
(photo by N. M. Stolbov)
The island is part of the islands
of the Royal Geographical Society in the Canadian Arctic
Strait in the archipelago of Franz
Josef Land between the islands of Karl Alexander and Rainer.
Opened and named no later than 1905.
Mountain on the Andre peninsula
island of West Spitsbergen.