Michael Frank Goodchild

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Michael Frank Goodchild (born February 24, 1944) is a British-American geographer
Geographer
A geographer is a scholar whose area of study is geography, the study of Earth's natural environment and human society.Although geographers are historically known as people who make maps, map making is actually the field of study of cartography, a subset of geography...

. He is currently a professor of geography
Geography
Geography is the science that studies the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of Earth. A literal translation would be "to describe or write about the Earth". The first person to use the word "geography" was Eratosthenes...

 at the University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Barbara
The University of California, Santa Barbara, commonly known as UCSB or UC Santa Barbara, is a public research university and one of the 10 general campuses of the University of California system. The main campus is located on a site in Goleta, California, from Santa Barbara and northwest of Los...

. After nineteen years at the University of Western Ontario
University of Western Ontario
The University of Western Ontario is a public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. The university's main campus covers of land, with the Thames River cutting through the eastern portion of the main campus. Western administers its programs through 12 different faculties and...

, including three years as chair, he moved to Santa Barbara in 1988, as part of the establishment of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, which he has directed for over 20 years. Goodchild became a member of the National Academy of Sciences
United States National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences is a corporation in the United States whose members serve pro bono as "advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine." As a national academy, new members of the organization are elected annually by current members, based on their distinguished and...

 in 2002, and received the Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society
The Royal Geographical Society is a British learned society founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences...

's Founder's Medal in 2003.

Education

  • Ph.D., Geography, McMaster University
    McMaster University
    McMaster University is a public research university whose main campus is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on of land in the residential neighbourhood of Westdale, adjacent to Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens...

    , Hamilton, Ontario, 1969
  • B.A., Physics, Cambridge University
    University of Cambridge
    The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

    , Cambridge, England, 1965

Scholarship


His most influential work has involved research on Geographic Information Science
Geographic Information Science
Geographic information science is the academic theory behind the development, use, and application of geographic information systems...

 (aka GIS
Geographic Information System
A geographic information system, geographical information science, or geospatial information studies is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographically referenced data...

 or computer mapping). He is widely credited with coining "Volunteered Geographic Information
Volunteered Geographic Information
Volunteered geographic information is the harnessing of tools to create, assemble, and disseminate geographic data provided voluntarily by individuals . Some examples of this phenomenon are Wikimapia, OpenStreetMap, and Google MyMaps...

" and is considered the world's foremost expert on the topic.

Caves and Karst


As a doctoral student at McMaster University
McMaster University
McMaster University is a public research university whose main campus is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on of land in the residential neighbourhood of Westdale, adjacent to Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens...

, Goodchild rediscovered Castleguard Cave
Castleguard Cave
Castleguard Cave is a limestone cave located at the north end of Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains of Canada. With 20,357m of surveyed passages , it is Canada's longest cave, and its fifth deepest at 384m...

 (20 kilometers long, the longest cave
Cave
A cave or cavern is a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. The term applies to natural cavities some part of which is in total darkness. The word cave also includes smaller spaces like rock shelters, sea caves, and grottos.Speleology is the science of exploration and study...

 in Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

). His student Alan Glennon
John Alan Glennon
John Alan Glennon is an American geographer and explorer. His work has been mapping and describing caves and geysers.-Caves:...

 discovered an entrance and made significant discoveries to the Martin Ridge Cave System
Martin Ridge Cave System
The Martin Ridge Cave System is a large cave near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. The system, composed of the interconnected Whigpistle, Martin Ridge, and Jackpot Caves, has been mapped to over , and is currently the United States' eleventh longest cave.-Discovery:...

, Kentucky
Kentucky
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a state located in the East Central United States of America. As classified by the United States Census Bureau, Kentucky is a Southern state, more specifically in the East South Central region. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth...

 (51.8 kilometers long). Goodchild's dissertation advisor, Dr. Derek C. Ford, is a highly-influential Canadian geomorphologist and karst
KARST
Kilometer-square Area Radio Synthesis Telescope is a Chinese telescope project to which FAST is a forerunner. KARST is a set of large spherical reflectors on karst landforms, which are bowlshaped limestone sinkholes named after the Kras region in Slovenia and Northern Italy. It will consist of...

 scientist.

Honors

  • Prix Vautrin Lud, St Dié-des-Vosges, France
    France
    The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

    , 2007;
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs.James Bowdoin, John Adams, and...

    , 2006-;
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Ryerson University
    Ryerson University
    Ryerson University is a public research university located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its urban campus is adjacent to Yonge-Dundas Square located at the busiest intersection in Downtown Toronto. The majority of its buildings are in the blocks northeast of the square in Toronto's Garden...

    , 2004;
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, McMaster University
    McMaster University
    McMaster University is a public research university whose main campus is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on of land in the residential neighbourhood of Westdale, adjacent to Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens...

    , 2004;
  • Professor, Wuhan University
    Wuhan University
    Wuhan University is a university located in Wuchang, Hubei, China. It is directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. It is regarded as one of the top ten universities in China, and its history dates back to 1893, making it one of China's...

    , 2003–;
  • Faculty Research Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    The University of California, Santa Barbara, commonly known as UCSB or UC Santa Barbara, is a public research university and one of the 10 general campuses of the University of California system. The main campus is located on a site in Goleta, California, from Santa Barbara and northwest of Los...

    , 2003;
  • Founder's Medal
    Gold Medal (RGS)
    The Gold Medal are the most prestigious of the awards presented by the Royal Geographical Society. The Gold Medal is not one award but consists of two separate awards; the Founder's Medal 1830 and the Patron's Medal 1838. The award is given for "the encouragement and promotion of geographical...

    , Royal Geographical Society
    Royal Geographical Society
    The Royal Geographical Society is a British learned society founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences...

    , 2003;
  • Educator of the Year, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, 2002;
  • Foreign Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
    Royal Society of Canada
    The Royal Society of Canada , may also operate under the more descriptive name RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada , is the oldest association of scientists and scholars in Canada...

    , 2002–;
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
    United States National Academy of Sciences
    The National Academy of Sciences is a corporation in the United States whose members serve pro bono as "advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine." As a national academy, new members of the organization are elected annually by current members, based on their distinguished and...

    , 2002–;
  • National Associate of the National Academies, 2001–;
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI
    ESRI
    Esri is a software development and services company providing Geographic Information System software and geodatabase management applications. The headquarters of Esri is in Redlands, California....

    ), 2001;
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Keele University
    Keele University
    Keele University is a campus university near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, England. Founded in 1949 as an experimental college dedicated to a broad curriculum and interdisciplinary study, Keele is most notable for pioneering the dual honours degree in Britain...

    , 2001;
  • Award of Distinction for Exceptional Scholarly Contributions to Cartography, Canadian Cartographic Association, 1999;
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Université Laval
    Université Laval
    Laval University is the oldest centre of education in Canada and was the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French...

    , 1999

Students

  • Kitty Currier (Ph.D. student 2009-)
  • Indy Hurt (Ph.D. student 2006-)
  • Joshua L. Bader (Ph.D. student 2003-)
  • Alan Glennon (Ph.D. student 2003-)
  • Sean Benison (Ph.D. student 2000-)
  • Karl Grossner, Ph.D., 2010
  • Linna Li, Ph.D., 2010
  • John Gallo, Ph.D. student 2007
  • Matt Rice, Ph.D., 2005
  • Jorge Sifuentes, Ph.D., 2005
  • XiaoHang Liu, Ph.D., 2003
  • Dibble, Catherine, Ph.D., 2001
  • Ashton Shortridge, Ph.D., 2000
  • Tom Cova, Ph.D., 1999
  • Charles Ehlschlaeger, Ph.D., 1998
  • Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D., 1992
  • Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D., 1992
  • Jay Lee, Ph.D., 1989
  • Klinkenberg, Brian, Ph.D., 1988
  • Catharine M. Hosage, Ph.D., 1985
  • C. Peter Keller, Ph.D., 1985
  • Valerian T. Noronha, Ph.D., 1985
  • Averack, Richard, Ph.D., 1983
  • Armstrong, Robin, Ph.D., 1981
  • Nina Lam, Ph.D., 1980
  • Fesenmaier, Daniel R., Ph.D., 1980
  • Waters, Nigel, Ph.D., 1977
  • Brozowski, R., Ph.D., 1977
  • Maher, R.V., Ph.D., 1975
  • J.H. "Chip" Ross, Ph.D., 1972

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