She graduated with a BA from University College, Cork in 1957, and her MA in geography was awarded in 1958. Her biography published as part of an interview with Avril Maddrell (2009) in the journal Gender, Place and Culture details the international flavour of her experiences beginning with her PhD from the University of Washington in 1965, "followed by a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Louvain in Belgium, where she studied philosophy. Returning to Washington the following academic year, Buttimer was appointed Assistant Professor of Geography at Seattle University. She was then recruited to a post as Lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow (1968–70), where she was part of an interdisciplinary team evaluating urban planning processes, drawing on her training in quantitative techniques and her interdisciplinary perspective (which included psychology from her education courses and philosophy from her time in Belgium). Her two years in Scotland were followed by an appointment initially as post-doctoral fellow (1970–71) and later as assistant and then full Professor of Geography at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. Anne went on to work in the USA, Canada, Sweden and latterly Ireland, collaborating and publishing internationally. "
She became Professor of Geography at UCD in 1991 and 'retired' in 2003 but Anne never stopped working on her projects. She was Ireland's preeminent and internationally recognised geographer and accumulated a great many honours over her career, including becoming the first Irish President of the International Geographical Union (2000-2004). It was with great delight that Anne welcomed the news last summer that Ireland had won the bid to host the International Geographical Congress in 2024 and she was very much hoping to be part of the event itself.
The Geographical community extend our sincere condolences to her family and colleagues, at home and overseas, and we look forward to marking Anne's achievements and celebrating her legacy in different ways over the coming months and years.
Reference: Maddrell, A. (2009). An interview with Anne Buttimer: an autobiographical window on geographical thought and practice 1965–2005. Gender, Place and Culture, 16(6), 741-765.