On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the geographer and member of the Study Group on the History of Cartography (GEHC) Tomàs Vidal Bendito (Maó, 1941) died in Palma de Mallorca.
Disciple of the geographers Jean Bisson and Joan Vilà-Valentí, he completed his undergraduate thesis on the evolution of agriculture and rural property on the island of Menorca and the doctoral thesis on the depopulation of the countryside of Catalonia. He received his doctorate in 1974 at the Universitat de Barcelona.
He was professor of human geography at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Universitat de Barcelona. He was a founding member of the Institut Menorquí d'Estudis, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fundació Enciclopèdia de Menorca and a member of the Societat Catalana de Geografia. Specialist in population geography, he published numerous works on migratory movements, demographic transition and demographic analysis techniques. He also cultivated the field of thematic cartography creating and directing the Atlas Socioeconòmic de Catalunya (Barcelona, 1980-1981). During the last years he participated, as a member of the GEHC, in several research projects on the history of cartography, focusing his research on the territorial evolution of the island of Menorca and, especially, in the history of his cartographic image. A story about which he has left us a posthumous work, which we hope to see published as soon as possible.