Doug Powell (geographer)

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Doug Powell near the mountains that inspired him as a young man

Doug Powell is a Berkeley geographer who was known for being one of the first snow surveyors in the world. His Geography 197 field course is fondly remembered by generations of Berkeley Geography graduates.

In his lifetime, he has encountered famous individuals by happenstance, including Jesse Owens, Charles Manson, and Dr. Edmund Schulman. He recounts the story of his life in vivid detail.[citation needed]