Date of release: Monday, July 1, 2013

Jack DangermondEntrepreneur, technologist and environmental scientist Jack Dangermond, one of the founding fathers of geographic information systems (GIS), is giving a free public lecture at the University of Greenwich on Monday 22 July.

A landscape architect by training, Mr Dangermond set up his company, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), in 1969 with little more than $1,000 of family savings. Today, as the world’s largest GIS software company with a turnover of more than $1.3billion, its customer base includes over 350,000 organisations, including government agencies and businesses across the United States and Europe.

His talk, Future Trends in GIS, will take place at 4pm in Room LT315, King William Court, at the Greenwich Campus. All are welcome.

Mr Dangermond, the President of ESRI, is frequently cited as a leader and visionary in the fields of GIS and general technology. His passion for the subject, and for its application in solving problems relating to environmental and social causes, is well known throughout the industry.

In his lecture, he will highlight technological developments in GIS, both in the United States and across the rest of the world, and their wider implications for science and society in general. He will also discuss new and novel applications of computer mapping and geographic analysis.

Over the past two decades Mr Dangermond’s work has been recognised on many occasions, including the Innovation Award, The Economist, 2012; Arthur C. Lundahl Lifetime Achievement Award, USGIF, 2010; Alexander Graham Bell Medal, National Geographic Society, 2010; Patron's Medal, Royal Geographical Society, 2010; Public-Private Partnership Award, National Governors Association, 2009; and Carl Mannerfelt Medal, International Cartographic Association, 2008.

He is receiving the degree of Honorary Doctor of Science (HonDSc) from the University of Greenwich on the same day as the lecture.

To book a place, please email Christine Smith at public.lecture@greenwich.ac.uk A drinks reception will follow the lecture.

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