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Geography

L. D. Stamp

Professor Laurence Dudley Stamp taught Geography at Rangoon University and the University of London. He authored several books and articles (e.g. Land Use). One book was a prescribed text in Burma in the early days.

He lectured to the first year students at LSE (London School of Economics) instead of delegating to his assistants. His rationale : “A major subject can be taught by any qualified teacher, but a minor subject should be introduced by a motivated, senior teacher. The class could be the sole exposure in their academic career; so it is important to give the students an excellent overview of the subject.”

Geography learned at school

We had to take World Geography and Burmese Geography in Middle School and a year in High School. We learned about Contouring and Climatic Interpretation.

Geography Teachers

Dr. Daw Thin Kyi is the first native Professor of Geography. She is also one of the early female Professors at Rangoon University.

Dr. Tin Htoo was a senior lecturer.

I worked as a volunteer assistant for Saya U Tun Hla Aung, who was in charge of the “Zay Nay Yar Cha Htar Yee Committee” for the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 1970. Among those who applied for permits include U Maung Maung Tar (Academy winning actor, trying to
sell his line of make up) and the Playboys (Than Naing, Thein Tan, …)

Saya Dr. U Win attended UCC before going for his graduate studies in the US. He is an expert on Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Grapevine says that he was the last speaker for the conferences held by Burma Research Society (BRS). The higher authorities entered the room and announced that “BRS has been disbanded”.

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