Reginald G. Golledge was a Professor of Geography at UCSB with interests in behavioral geography, including spatial cognition, cognitive mapping, individual decision-making, household activity patterns and the acquisition of and use of spatial knowledge across the life-span. His research included work on adults, children, teenagers, mentally retarded person, and adventitious and congenitally blind subjects.
Professor Golledge wrote or edited fourteen books, more than fifty chapters in books, and over 120 papers in academic journals, and 80 miscellaneous publications including technical reports, book reviews, published research notes, and so on. He presented more than one-hundred papers at local, regional, national, and international conferences in geography, regional science, planning, psychology, and statistics.
He received an Association of American Geographers Honors Award in 1981. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1987-88. He was an Honorary Life-Time Member of the Institutes of Australian Geographers, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received an International Geography Gold Medal Award from the IAG in 1999. In 1998 he was elected Vice President of the AAG; in 1999-2000 he was elected AAG President.