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.