Ken Lester was Director of Mapping at the South African Office for Surveys and Mapping from 1972 until 1992 when he became Chief Surveyor-General of South Africa, a position he held until he retired five years ago. He chaired the National Committee for ICA for many years, was President of the then South African Society for Photogrammetry, Cartography and Geo-Information Systems and was instrumental in effecting the transition ofthe official topographical mapping cover of South Africa from analogue to digital.
Ken Lester’s contribution to ICA has been on both the national and international levels. Since 1972 he has attended all General Assemblies with the exception of one, and at all these meetings he played an active role in both policy and technical matters. As treasurer of the Organising Committee he has played a significant role in the organisation of this Conference. He served on numerous cartographic and GIS committees, both national and international, presented many papers at the ICA and other professional meetings and published in many cartography and GIS journals.
For his contribution to ICA and for his furtherance of cartography in the national and international cartographic community, Ken Lester is awarded and ICA Honorary Fellowship.