US: University of California (UC) Santa Barbara professor Michael Goodchild, a global pioneer in geographic information science, is the first scholar appointed to the Jack and Laura Dangermond Professorship in geography.
Endowed chairs are highly prized academic positions that enable a university to attract and retain distinguished scholars and to develop a field of study by providing ongoing financial support for enhanced research and instruction.
UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang expressed his sincere gratitude to the Dangermonds and said, “The Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair will advance research and discovery at the frontiers of geography, continuously and richly expanding our understanding of the world.”
A native of England, Goodchild earned a doctorate in geography in 1969 at McMaster University in Canada. Soon after, he began his research in the emerging field of geographic information science, a name he invented. Goodchild came to UC Santa Barbara in 1988 to direct the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). His groundbreaking research has resulted in the development of new analytic methods for the integration and analysis of very large spatial databases.
On his appointment, Goodchild said, “This endowed chair is a great honour for me. I’ve worked with Jack and Laura Dangermond and their company over several decades. They have been very generous already in their support of UCSB with student scholarships and an annual Dangermond lecture. This chair is wonderful additional recognition of their relationship with UCSB, and of the increasing importance of geography in the world.”
Goodchild, who recently was elected a member of Britain’s prestigious Royal Society, is described by the world’s oldest scientific academy as “the unchallenged global leader of geographic information science.” His other accolades include election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society of Canada. In addition, he received a Founder’s Medal from the Royal Geographical Society for his contributions to geographic information science, and an Award of Distinction for Exceptional Scholarly Contribution to Cartography from the Canadian Cartographic Association. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a gold medalist of the Royal Geographical Society.
Source: University of California