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.