Scott-Kelty John

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 London. 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 information. 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 world. 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 edited. In editorial articles, he put up for discussion many important issues that need to be discussed, for example, concerning colonial expansion. A major contribution to geography was his work, Partition of Africa, Applied Geography, a geographical series of books for schoolchildren.
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 their condolences.
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 F. Jackson.


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 Archipelago.

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.


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