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Honorary Fellowship for Monique Pelletier

Monique Pelletier was born in 1934. She is a graduate of the Ecole des Chartes (National School of Palaeography and Archival Studies), the French school created in 1821 which contributes to the professional training of executives (chief archivists, librarians and curators) responsible for preserving and making available France’s cultural heritage.

Monique Pelletier obtained her diploma of Archivist Palaeographer after defending her PhD on the “Great Council from Charles VII to François 1st”. Her studies on the history of cartography are founded on her large knowledge of the French monarchy and its institutions in the XVI century, a particularly complex period in Europe history.

Appointed as Conservator at the French National Library in 1960, she was first in charge of developing the Book Catalogue of the Library (1960-1969). In 1976 she became Chief of the Department of Maps and Plans, and transformed her department into a modern and open map library, encouraging and herself participating in the research activity on the history of cartography. These activities pushed her to contribute actively to several international networks (IFLA, LIBER, IMAGO MUNDI and the ICA).

Within ICA, she succeeded Helen Wallis to lead the Commission of History of Cartography from 1987 to 1995. She also led the French Committee of Cartography from 1988 to 1998. Today as an Honorary Member of the Committee she is directing the publication of the journal Le Monde des Cartes. Always keenly involved in her research activities, she has participated in conferences, organised meetings and published many reports.

Her bibliography is lengthy and includes major volumes on cartographic development in France. It is summarized in a book produced for her retirement and focused on her career in cartography: Monique PELLETIER Tours et contours de la Terre : itinéraires d’une femme au cœur de la cartographie (Monique Pelletier – Rounds around the Earth : the itinerary of a woman in the heart of cartography), Presse de l’ENPC, 1999.
Her most recent book, published in 2009, is entitled: De Ptolémée à La Guillotière XV-XVIe siècles. Des cartes pour la France : pourquoi? comment? (From Ptolemy to La Guillotière, XV-XVI century: maps for France, why, how?), CTHS Edition, 2009.

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Honorary Fellowship for Bengt Rystedt

The ICA Fellowship is a distinguished award recognising the contribution of the recipient to the work of the International Cartographic Association. For Bengt Rystedt, ICA has been a focus of an extraordinary range of activities which have brought excellence to the organisation.

Whilst showing exceptional attention to detail, Dr. Rystedt has always considered the long term health and welfare of the Association. His long term commitment to equity, notably in dealing with ICA’s outreach to less developed nations, is evident in his strong interest in African issues and his willingness to engage with organisations and individuals in Africa in order to improve capacity building in that important continent. Much of this work has been done whilst playing a leading role in the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies, as an effective spokesperson for ICA and for the initiatives which have been proposed by the international geospatial community.

This practical approach has been matched by a true desire to develop the scientific basis of our organisation. Dr. Rystedt initiated the Research Agenda, and has been very much in favour of extending it to include the areas of Geographic Information Science which are central to the initiation and use of cartographic data and products.

His long term commitment to ICA is shown by service as Chair of the National and Regional Atlas Commission from 1985, service with the organising committee for the 1997 International Cartographic Conference in Sweden, and membership of the Executive Committee for many years, culminating in his election as President in 1999. In all his work for ICA, Dr. Rystedt has shown a great sense of responsibility, emphasising work and content but never his personal ambition. In his quiet and effective manner he was able to solve problems, and like the proud Swede he is, his diplomatic approach was always highly visible. He has been able to work always for the benefit of ICA over decades of loyal service.

For the dignified and outstanding way in which he has contributed for many years to the success of the ICA, the Association is pleased to award its Honorary Fellowship to Dr. Bengt Rystedt.

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Honorary Fellowship for Kira B. Shingareva

Kira B. Shingareva is professor at the Moscow State University for Geodesy and Cartography. She graduated from the Dresden Technical University at 1961 and received her Ph.D in 1974, and became Doctor of Science in 1992. She has hold positions as principal scientist at the Planetary Cartography Laboratory and at the Laboratory of Comparative Planetology at the Institute of Space Researches at the Academy of Science.

At the University she participated in the National Space program by mapping the Moon, Mars, Phobos and Venus. She is an author of more than 150 publications, among them “Atlas of Terrestrial Planets and their Moons” and “Space Activity in Russia – Background, Current State, Perspectives”.

Since 1995 Professor Shingareva has been active in the ICA. She has been co-chairman of the ICA Planetary Cartography Working Group 1995-1999 and chairman of ICA Planetary Cartography Commission for two consecutive terms, 1999-2007. Among the achievements of her ICA activities we find “Series of multilingual maps of planets and their moons”, “Glossary on planetary cartography” and “Specialised map-oriented Databases on planetary cartography”.

Kira Shingareva has served ICA in an exemplary way. In spite of limited resources she has organised and documented several commissions meeting, and always reported the activities of her commission to the Executive Committee in a timely manner.

For her outstanding services to ICA Dr. Shingareva is awarded an Honorary Fellowship of ICA.

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Honorary Fellowship for Graciela Metternicht

Graciela Metternicht has for the last 10 years been teaching at Curtin University, Perth Australia and is since July, 2007 professor of Geospatial Systems and Environmental Management at the School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. In 1985 she finished an education in cartography at Santa Fe, Argentina. In 1992 she received an MSc in Integrated Map and Geo-information Production at ITC in the Netherlands and in 1996 a PhD in Geography at the State University of Gent, Belgium.

Graciela Metternicht´s publication record contains over 100 works and she is active member of many organisations. In 1999 she took the responsibility to be the editor of ICA News, the newsletter of ICA. She is acting chair of the ICA Commission on Mapping from Satellite Images and active member of several other ICA commissions.

For her outstanding service to ICA, especially as editor of ICA News, Graciela Metternicht is awarded an Honorary Fellowship of ICA.

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Honorary Fellowship for Helen Kerfoot

Helen Kerfoot was already presented with a diploma for outstanding services to ICA as member of the LOC that organised the 1999 International Cartographic Conference in Ottawa. She has played a more important role for cartographers worldwide however as chairperson of the UNGEGN standing advisory commission of the ECOSOC, UN.

After an MSc in Geology in Britain she took up a job as geologist in Northern Canada, where she became interested in toponymy and did toponymic fieldwork. Later she went to work for the Govt. Department of Energy, Mines and Resources in Ottawa. She is a past president of the Canadian Society of the Study of Names, which she presided over from 1997-2003. She was delegated by the Canadian Government to the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names around 1987, and was elected as chairperson in 2002.

Since then she has succeeded in turning UNGEGN into a more professional body and in bringing its work in line with current SDI-initiatives. She is one of the few experts with hands-on experience in practically all fields of toponymic standardization. Her drive to attend all the meetings of UNGEGN working groups, her participation in toponymy courses world wide, in scientific seminars and technical meetings as well as her endeavours to make all UNGEGN ‘jurisprudence’ on geographical names accessible through its website have benefited the whole spatial information community, as geographical names standardisation is a most important aspect in the exchange and linking of geospatial data.

For her services and contribution to cartography Helen Kerfoot is awarded an Honorary Fellowship of ICA.

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Honorary Fellowship for Pinhas Yoeli

Pinhas Yoeli, Professor Emeritus at Tel-Aviv University, is known throughout the cartographic world for his breakthrough work on various difficult problems in automation including hill shading, contouring, name placement, and the colouring of undersea elevations. He has made outstanding scholarly contributions to cartography over a long and sustained period—about 50 years. A student and disciple of the Swiss cartographer Eduard Imhof, Professor Yoeli developed mathematical models that allowed the programming of Imhof’s principles. His book entitled Cartographic Drawing with Computers, published by the University of Nottingham in 1982, was the first teaching material of its kind that explained and further developed the background of graphic software suited to cartographic work. He offered his expertise as a professor in the field of digital cartography in many universities throughout the world. In the span of his career, he gained many disciples of his own and has been read by cartographers throughout the world who have been inspired as well as informed by his work.

For his inspired and sustained work in digital cartography—especially his work with mathematical models for hill shading, contouring, and name placement—and for his extensive record of teaching both in the classroom and through his publications, the International Cartographic Association awards Professor Emeritus Pinhas Yoeli its honorary fellowship.

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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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