US: Bill Derrenbacher, Esri Executive Adviser, was awarded the Association of American Geographers (AAG) James R. Anderson Medal of Honor at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago on April 25, 2015. The highest honor conferred by the AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group, the medal recognises highly distinguished service to the profession of geography.
"To be recognised by the illustrious members of the AAG is a tremendous honor. The evolution of GIS for applied geography has been the work of the many geographers who have been able to turn data into information that is used for real-world understanding. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of their collective efforts,” said Derrenbacher.
A pioneer in geoanalytics, Derrenbacher has played a significant role in the global proliferation of GIS technology. Since joining Esri in the mid-1970s, he has been a driving force in the company's incredible success. He participated in the evolution of the fundamental ArcGIS platform that is now used by more than one million people around the world.
Read more about his accomplishments at https://www.esri.com/esri-news/releases/15-2qtr/aag-honors-esri-executive-bill-derrenbacher-for-lifetime-achievement