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Dr. Harka Gurung’s Contribution in Physical Geography

Nepal Geographical Society
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  • Geography
  • Harka Gurung
  • Geography
  • Nepal
  • Earth Science


Himalayan 38 Title page.pmd Dr. Harka Gurung’s Contribution in Physical Geography Narendra Raj Khanal, Ph.D. [email protected] Contribution Dr. Gurung had a large number of published and unpublished books, atlas, monographs, articles/papers and travelogues, paintings and drawings. A complete and systematic record of all his contributions has still to be developed. However, attempt has been made to prepare a list of his contributions so far reported in his books and articles. Based on the information so far available, Dr. Gurung had written more than 29 books including atlas, 16 monographs and 30 articles (Table 1). Some of the books and monographs are the compilation of many articles and travelogues. For example, there are 37 articles/papers compiled in one book – Vishaya Vividh published by Himal Book, Himal Association in 2006. Similarly, there are 9 articles/papers in one monograph – Mountain Reflections: Pattern and Development published by Mandala Publications in 2004. Those articles/ papers published in books and monographs are not counted here in Table 1. If these articles/papers are also included, it shows that Dr. Gurung had written more than 80 articles/ papers/books on different themes. Table 1. Number of Contributions by Type of Documents SN Type Total Percentage 1 Post-Graduate Diploma Dissertation 1 1.2 2 Ph.D. Thesis 1 1.2 3 Book 29 34.9 4 Monograph 16 19.3 5 Article 30 36.1 6 Book Review 6 7.2 Total 83 100.0 Dr. Gurung’s contribution in different fields was driven by his job assignments in different fields. When he worked as Lecturer in the Tribhuvan University, his academic contribution was focused in physical geography. He had 12 contributions on physical geography especially on geomorphology before 1971 (Table 2). In between 1971 and 1980, he joined National Planning Commission, as Minister of Education and Tourism, and contributed more on social and tourism sectors. After he joined Population Institute, University of Hawaii as a Visiting Fellow and he

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