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Honorary Fellowship for Michael Wood

Michael Wood is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen and was previously on the faculty at the University of Glasgow. He is a cartographer who artfully combines skill in mapmaking with an agenda of scholarly publication and service. His publications in recent years have been focused on the position of cartography within the broader information and social terrain. He thinks on a broad scale about methodology of world cartography starting from its traditional roots to its modern communication and information paradigms and technologies in which we are seeing increasingly customized and individualized mapping.

Professor Wood was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science at Oxford Brookes University. His teaching includes mapping the environment, topographic mapping, cartographic visualization, and environmental remote sensing. Apart from his regular Departmental teaching and provision of adult evening lecture courses for the local region, he has designed and produced courses on mapping/GIS for various external groups – academic, local government, and commercial (especially oil companies). These courses have run on numerous occasions since the late 1970s. He is a frequent lecturer at professional cartographic events as well.

Professor Wood has served in such roles as external examiner and visiting lecturer on numerous occasions. He has served as President of the British Cartographic Society, member of the UK Committee for Cartography, Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers, and as Vice President, President, and Past President of ICA. During his tenure on the ICA Executive Committee, he was key in developing our Strategic Plan, a document and set of ideas that is guiding ICA into the 21st Century.
For his contributions to the discipline of cartography/GIS and his service to the discipline, and especially for his service to ICA in developing the Strategic Plan, the International Cartographic Association awards Professor Michael Wood its Honorary Fellowship.

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Honorary Fellowship for Wanarat Thothong

Wanarat Thothong, head of photogrammetry of the Department of Land Development of the Ministry of Agriculture of Thailand has played an important role in supporting Cartography and the ICA in Southeast Asia over the last 20 years. She has not only been active in the cartographic life of Thailand but has actively participated in various UN meetings that have been held in its Southeast Asia headquarters and in UN conferences on Standardization of Geographical Names. She has also participated in UN Regional Cartographic Conferences for Asia and the Pacific.

Wanarat Thothong is a member of several ICA commissions, and has had strong input in the ICA Commission on Education and Training, the Commission on Map Production, and the Commission on Cartography and Gender. She has hosted at least three seminars for ICA on behalf of the commission on Education and Training, the Commission on Map Production, and the Commission on Mapping from Satellite Imagery. These hosted events included the Seminar on Basic Cartography in 1991, the Seminar on Digital Cartography and GIS in 1994, and the Seminar on GIS and Mapping for Agricultural Decision Support in 2003, all in Bangkok. In addition to doing the local organization for all three, she produced, with the help of her staff, the proceedings of each event, a practice she introduced in the ICA community.

For her outstanding contributions to cartography in Thailand, Southeast Asia, and the broader Asian and Pacific region, and for her tireless support of ICA activities in the region, the International Cartographic Association awards Wanarat Thothong its Honorary Fellowship.

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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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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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