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Honorary Fellowship for Alan MacEachren

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.

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Honorary Fellowship for José-Luis Colomer Alberich

José-Luis Colomer Alberich has had a brilliant scientific and professional career in the field of cartography and geographic information sciences to which he has dedicated himself for 30 years. His important contributions to Catalonian, Spanish and European cartography have merited praise and recognition not only from those in Spain but broadly in the European Union. He has been fully involved in the growth and consolidation of the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia as a mapping institution using leading edge technology. Based on his previous background in digital image processing and computer science, he has successfully promoted and managed the introduction of computer-assisted techniques and has participated in very large and innovative national and international mapping projects. He has been active within the different ICA commissions and served as President of the Scientific Committee of the 27th International Cartographic Conference in Barcelona, 1995.

Mr. Colomer has shown dedication to the cartography and geographic information through his position as Technical Director of the prestigious Catalonian Cartographic Institute for the past 24 years; as university professor, imparting knowledge in the Autonomous University of Barcelona; and as a researcher, computer systems manager, and leader of the Remote Sensing Project at the Computer Centre of the Technical University of Catalonia.

It is especially fitting to honour Mr. Colomer at an ICC in A Coruña, the first ICC in Spain since his work with ICC in 1995.

For his strong career and his service to ICA as President of the Scientific Committee of the 27th International Cartographic Conference in 1995, the International Cartographic Association awards Jose-Luis Colomer Alberich its Honorary Fellowship.

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Diploma for outstanding services for Ramón Lorenzo

Ramon Lorenzo has performed a double task in ICA for the past 4 years – not only was he the conference director, supported by his wife Isabel, but he has also had a specific and arduous tasks as Vice-President, as he was made responsible in the Executive Committee for the professional practice field. This double task proved to be extremely beneficial for the ICA and ICC, as in a way it put our feet back on the ground and strengthened the link with professional practitioners, such as hydrographers and topographers, that got a bit out of sight by an undue emphasis on academic work. This was translated by Ramon into the organization of workshops and the incorporation of sessions on practical cartography, even if at the same time he organized sessions on GPS, Galileo and Space cartography.

As conference director, Ramon has been able to motivate a large group of volunteers to perform, and by a continued strong effort has been able to get a large number of categories of cartographers and Geographic Information specialists to A Coruna. He has highlighted the societal impact of our profession and has been the perfect ambassador of our profession, both in Spain and the World.

Therefore the Executive Committee awards him the diploma for outstanding services to ICA.

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Diploma for outstanding services for David Woodward

David Woodward, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and former Curator, The Hermon Dunlop Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library, passed away in August of 2004. It was David Woodward and Brian Harley who conceived, organized and launched the monumental History of Cartography project, an effort that Prof. Woodward directed solo after the death of Prof. Harley. The project has resulted in several volumes to date, published by the University of Chicago Press, and it is bringing the study of the history of cartography into the modern milieu of scholarship with breadth of coverage and a sense of the social context of mapping that sets it apart from any previous efforts in the field. Prof. Woodward left a strong and funded Project organization that will assure its continuance to completion.

Prof. Woodward was gifted artistically and technically and produced a detailed shaded relief map of Wisconsin and co-directed the production of the “Cultural Map of Wisconsin” in sheet format and showing the location of a wealth of briefly-described cultural features throughout the state. He had a flair for design and could effectively communicate sound map design ideas in the classroom and in publications. He wrote elegantly and clearly. He was a perceptive theoretician who could readily participate in discussions of wide-ranging ideas within the field.

Despite all of his talents, or perhaps because of them, he was always helpful and encouraging to others. He treated colleagues and students (his own and others) with dignity, seriousness, and good humour, encouraging them in their pursuits. As such he has had an influence that surpasses the usual indicators of numbers of students and publications, of which he had many.

For his wide-ranging talents and for his profound contributions to the field, including his direction of the monumental History of Cartography Project, the International Cartographic Association bestows Special Recognition on David Woodward.

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Honorary Fellowship for Sjef van der Steen

Mr. Sjef van der Steen is a “Praktijkdocent” on the instructional staff at ITC in Enschede, the Netherlands, where he has enjoyed a reputation for excellent teaching and where he will soon become the institution’s Alumni Co-ordinator.

In ICA, Mr. van der Steen has been the Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Production Technology since 1995. He has been a staunch supporter of one of ICA’s most important objectives: the exchange and dissemination of cartographic knowledge. As part of the international network of people interested in aspects of map production technology, he has made several presentations on his work with map production flow diagrams. As commission chair he has organized numerous seminars and workshops, some in cooperation with other ICA commissions, in venues such as Cuba, Indonesia, Chile, Thailand, and Turkey. Under his leadership, the knowledge generated by his Commission was not just disseminated in lectures and exercises at the seminars and workshops but also in proceedings and other outlets. He has led the Commission through rapid technological changes in our discipline, has provided good new direction toward geo-information production management, and has demonstrated excellent networking and team playing skills.

For his special contributions to ICA through his leadership on the Commission on Map Production, and for his role in teaching and communicating in the field of cartography, Sjef van der Steen is awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship.

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Honorary Fellowship for Harold Moellering

Dr. Harold Moellering is professor of geography at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he is Director of the Numerical Cartography Laboratory. He has served on many national committees including the U.S. National Committee for ICA and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on Cartography . He has also served on editorial boards for cartography and GIS journals. His research specialties include numerical, analytical and dynamic cartography, and geographic information systems.

Prof. Moellering’s central contribution to ICA has been as chair of what is now the Commission on Spatial Data Standards. He has chaired the Commission for several terms and has overseen numerous productive workshops and Commission meetings in a wide variety of venues. During his tenure, the Commission has produced three books, all published by Elsevier: Spatial Database Transfer Standards: Current International Status (1991), Spatial Database Transfer Standards 2: Characteristics for Assessing Standards and Full Descriptions of the National and International Standards in the World (1997), and World Spatial Metadata Standards, currently in press. He has also served on numerous other standards committees, both national and international, has presented many papers at ICA and other professional meetings, and has published in and edited special issues of cartography and GIS journals.

For his contribution to ICA as chair of the Standards commission and for his furtherance of standards in the international digital cartographic community, Prof. Moellering is awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship.

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Honorary Fellowship for Liao Ke

Liao Ke is a researcher in the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, and Director of the Cartography and GIS Committee in the Chinese Geographic Society. His interests include thematic and complex mapping, mapping with remote sensing, computer cartography, map use and cartographic theory, and the role of cartography in modern Society and in sustainable development. He is editor in chief of “National Physical Atlas of China” and “Atlas of Qinghai-Xizang Plateau”. He is also co-editor of “National Economic Atlas of China,” “The Population Atlas of China,” and “Atlas of Ecological Environment in the Beijing-Tianjin Area.” He has published more than 100 articles and 4 monographs, has edited 8 books, and has received many national and local honors. The “National Physical Atlas of China” won a prize for excellence in the international maps exhibition of the ICA.

Professor Liao Ke has attended all ICA conferences since 1980. He has been a member of the Commission on National and Regional Atlases, for which he successfully organized a seminar in China and two Chinese atlas exhibitions in Beijing. He took an active part in the work of preparing for 20th ICC in Beijing and has served on the ICA Awards Committee.

For his contributions to ICA and for his many contributions to cartography, Prof. Liao Ke is awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship.

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Honorary Fellowship for Ken Lester

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.

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Honorary Fellowship for István Klinghammer

Prof. Dr. István Klinghammer is director of the Eotvos Lorand University Institute of Cartography. In that position he has had a decisive influence on the modernization of cartographic education in Hungary and in the establishment of a cartographic educational network over Europe. He has published in German, Russian, and Hungarian. He has collaborated with ICA’s Commission on Education and Training and was one of the prime contributors to the book Basic Cartography. He contributed to the series of successful joint commission meetings that were held in Hungary 10 years apart–1983 and 1993 (the famous electronic atlases meeting)–and which now culminated in the joint Executive Committee and commission chairs meeting held in Budapest this past spring.

Prof. Klinghammer was one of the main organizers of the International Cartographic Conference held in Budapest in 1989. He has been an influence on the decision of the International Conference on the History of Cartography to meet Budapest in 2 years. Over the years he has encouraged his younger colleagues to participate as much as possible in ICA. In addition to Director of the Institute of Cartography, Prof. Klinghammer is currently rector of Eötvös Lorand University. He is probably the only cartographer worldwide to serve in this function.

For his many contributions to ICA and for his excellent ambassadorship for cartography in his country and beyond, Prof. Klinghammer is awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship.

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Honorary Fellowship for Ulrich Freitag

Dr. Ulrich Freitag is professor emeritus in the Institute of Geographical Science, Berlin Free University. His research interests include the theory of cartography, cartographic information processing, and the application of cartographic models. He has published more than 30 articles and books just in the last decade. An active member of the German Geographic Society, he served as its chair from 1987-1995. He enjoys great prestige in the field of cartography in Germany and worldwide, as evidenced in such appointments as Advisory Board for Exploratory Essays on the History of Cartography in the Twentieth Century, part of the multivolume History of Cartography project.

Prof. Freitag has been involved in many ICA activities over the years including active participation in the Working Group to Define the Main Theoretical Issues in Cartography, for which he wrote materials on map function. He was closely involved in bringing ICA to Germany (Cologne) in 1993, and his involvement was key to the success of that conference. At least as important as his direct involvement in ICA, he has been a promoter of ICA in the very large German cartographic community, and he has been an active “ambassador” for ICA in South Asia, especially in Thailand.

For his many services to ICA and for his rich contributions to the field of cartography, Professor Ulrich Freitag is awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship.

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