Nebraska Authors

Nels August Bengtson

AKA: Nels A. Bengtson

Born 1879-11-22 Morkhult (SWEDEN)

Died 1963-06
Lincoln, NE (USA)

He is considered the founder of the Department of Geography at the University of Nebraska and was the Department's first Chair. Bengtson himself gave much credit to Nebraska geographer George Condra as his predecessor. He taught at Nebraska from 1908 to 1948.

Places Lived

Navlinge, SWEDEN
Peru, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Geography; Wheat Industry


Bachelor of Education Degree, Peru State Normal College, Peru, NE, 1904.
Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1907.
Master of Arts Degree, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1908.
Attended Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
PhD in Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 1927.


Professor of Geography, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
United States Trade Commissioner to Norway, 1919

Places Worked

Field Staff, Nebraska Soil Survey
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


President, National Council of Geography Teachers, 1929
President, Nebraska Academy of Science, 1925


Sigma Xi
American Association of Geographers


Physical Geography Manual. 1913.
The Wheat Industry. 1915. (with Donee Griffith)
Geography of Nebraska. 1917.
Commercial Handbook of Norway. 1920.
Fundamentals of Economic Geography. (with William Van Royen), 1926.

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