Jean Gottmann

(1915—1994) geographer

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(1915 –1994) A political and urban geographer, Gottmann was born in the Ukraine, spent his youth in France, and, after fleeing to New York during the Nazi occupation, split his professional life between France and the United States. He wrote prolifically on the subjects of central cities, capitals, and urban growth, from both spatial and political perspectives. He is best known for coining the term megalopolis, which he used to describe the emerging zone of continuous urban development that stretched from Boston to Washington, D. C. Gottmann's major works include A Geography of Europe (1951), Megalopolis: The Urbanized Northeastern Seaboard of the United States (1961), and Metropolis on the Move: Geographers Look at Urban Sprawl (1967, with R. Harper).

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