Title: Geography Educator, Writer
Company: The University of Hong Kong
Location: Athens, Georgia, United States
Clifton W. Pannell, PhD, Educator and Writer for the University of Hong Kong, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Geography.
Since 2008, Dr. Pannell has added the role of external examiner of the department of geography at the University of Hong Kong to his ongoing role as a professor of the University of Georgia in Athens. He loves everything about China, and is proud to have been part of the first group of educators that got to go to the People’s Republic of China in 1977. He has taught in Hong Kong five different times, and was able to satisfy an interest in mainland China he had since he was an undergraduate. Dr. Pannell also served to the rank of commander with the U.S. Naval Reserve and with the China desk of the U.S. Navy, constituting a lifelong passion for the country. He is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Henry Clifton Pannell and Anne Thomas Pannell, Dr. Pannell attended the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an MA from the University of Virginia. He completed postgraduate coursework with the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Taiwan, and earned a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1971. He taught with UMUC Asia briefly before becoming a professor of geography with the University of Georgia, and was director for the Center for Asian Studies there from 1987 to 1992. From 1994 to 2005 Dr. Pannell served as associate dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the university, and he assumed his role with the University of Hong Kong in 2008.
Dr. Pannell has been a visiting professor with the University of Oregon and the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, as well as a member of the advisory board for the Department of Revue in the state of Georgia. He has been a geographer and on the editorial advisory board of “Eurasian Geography and Economics” since 2013, and is the author of numerous books and articles on East Asian geography and Chinese modernization. Dr. Pannell is the recipient of a 2004 Outstanding Service Award from the China Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers and a 1981 Medal for Creative Research from the University of Georgia Research Foundation. He has served the council of the American Geographical Society since 2001. Dr. Pannell also enjoys the outdoors, hiking and canoeing. When he was 60 he participated in a 90 mile canoe competition and he really enjoyed it. Dr. Pannell is the proud father of Alexander, Richard, Charles, and Thomas, as well as the husband of Sylvia Hillyard and his late first wife, Laurie Preston DeBuys.
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