About the University of Leicester

Dr Peter Mounfield

We have learned, with sadness, of the death of Dr Peter Mounfield.

Peter Mounfield joined the Department of Geography in 1968 from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he had begun his lecturing career after obtaining a first class Honours Degree and a PhD at the University of Nottingham. He was promoted to Senior Lectureship in 1973. In 1967 he had been a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cincinnati. In 1988 he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.

Over the years, Dr Mounfield gained a worldwide reputation for his research on Economic Geography, particularly the nuclear power industry and the British footwear industry.

He served as Head of Department from 1988 to 1991 during a period of rapid and major change in the organisation of the University, his steady hand steering the Department of Geography in the right direction. He also served on more than a dozen of the University’s committees over the years.

Students found Dr Mounfield friendly and fair, compassionate and caring; to colleagues he was someone always willing to give advice and assistance. His abilities as a lecturer were shown by the numerous invitations he received to address audiences of the Geographical Association, the Royal Geographical Society, and organisations connected with the energy industry.

He retired in October 1998.

Peter Mounfield passed away at Aigburth care home in Oadby on 23 October. His funeral will take place on Tuesday 15 November, at 2.00pm, in St Mary’s Parish Church in Ringmer, near Lewes in East Sussex. Donations in his memory can be made to Martlets Hospice.

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