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Peel was educated at Northampton Grammar School and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (scholar). He became Lecturer in Geography at King’s College, University of Durham, (1935-39) and accompanied Brigadier Ralph Bagnold on an exploring expedition in the Libyan Desert, in 1938. During the war he served with the Royal Engineers, first in France (1939-40), then on the staff in Britain (1940-44), in North Africa and Italy (1944-45) and finally back in Britain (1945).
After the war, Peel's career included: King’s College, Newcastle (1945-46); Department of Geography, Cambridge University (1946), Lecturer in Geography (1949); Professor of Geography, University of Leeds (1951-57), Head of Department, (1953-57); Professor of Geography, University of Bristol (1957-77,) later Emeritus; Dean of Science, (1968-70). He took part in expeditions to the Ruwenzori Mountains in Africa in 1952 and to the Western and Central Sahara in 1961.
Peel became a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 1949. He was awarded the MBE in 1945 and won the Cuthbert Peake Award of the Royal Geographical Society in 1950 and the Livingstone Gold Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, in 1979. He was President of various bodies, including: Institute of British Geographers (1965); Section E, British Association (1967); Colston Research Society, Bristol (1973-76). He was also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Meteorological Society and Editor of the Geographical Journal (1978-80). He died on 21 September 1985.
Peel's publications include: Physical Geography (1951); (editor) Processes in Physical and Human Geography (1975); (editor) Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Environment (1976); articles on geographical subjects to technical journals, British and foreign.
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