Alan MacEachren, Professor of Geography and Director of the GeoVISTA Center at Penn State University, is widely known as an outstanding cartographer of the new era. He is admired for his academic and technical knowledge and skills and as someone who has been both pioneer and activist in the advancement of cartography, especially within the broad area of visualization. He has been a leading missionary for our subject in the wider field of modern science, and much of his research and outreach has linked to his role in ICA as Chair of it’s Commission on Visualization, now the Commission onVisualization and Virtual Environments. Under his leadership, the Commission has published special issues of Computers and Geosciences and Cartography and Geographic Information Science, and a Web supplement to the International Journal of Geographic Information Science special issue entitled Visualization for Exploration of Spatial Data. The Commission has conducted numerous workshops and meetings and has inspired work on the part of both Commission members and others interested in visualization and virtual environments.
Professor MacEachren has authored or edited several books, including Visualization in Modern Cartography (co-edited with D.R.F. Taylor), How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design, and Some Truth With Maps: A Primer on Symbolization and Design. He had published in many leading journals in cartography and in the broader field of visualization.
For his outstanding contributions to cartography and especially his superb leadership of the ICA Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments, the International Cartographic Association awards Alan MacEachren its Honorary Fellowship.