Who’s Who in GIS – Geospatial Leaders

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Want to know who the players in GIS are?  Listed here are prominent individuals that have play a role in the development or promotion of GIS and other geospatial technologies.  The list is evolving so if you want to propose someone for inclusion on this list please send an email to editor@gislounge.com.  The members of this list are shown alphabetically.

Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond is the founder of Esri, one of the largest GIS software companies.

Jack Dangermond made the Forbes 400 list for the first time with a net worth of $2 billion in 2009.  Forbes 400 is  an annual list of the wealthiest Americans in order of their net worth.  Forbes describes him as a “mapping-software magnate”.  Dangermond debuts on list at #158.  (Hat tip from reader Bob).  Also on the Forbes site is an interactive map so you can see where all the wealthy Americans live.

Roger Tomlinson

The Ottawa Citizen has a profile of Roger Tomlinson explaining, “Millions of users and more than 300,000 government agencies owe a debt to the Ottawa man who brought geography into the high-tech era.”  Although British born, Tomlinson has made his hometown in Ottawa and received the moniker “Father of GIS” for developed the GIS model for the Canada Land Inventory.  Tomlinson and Jack Dangermond were the joint recipients of the National Geographic Bell Medal.    Tomlinson and Dangermond are only the second ever recipients of this award:

National Geographic’s Alexander Graham Bell Medal has only been awarded once before. Bradford and Barbara Washburn, renowned explorers, mountaineers and mapmakers, received it in 1980 for their contributions to geography and cartography.

Read more: His map quest changed the world

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