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Cullum Geographical Medal Awarded to Jack Dangermond

The American Geographical Society awarded the Cullum Geographical Medal to Jack Dangermond, president of Esri, on November 11, 1999. The medal is given to honor those "who distinguish themselves by geographical discoveries or in the advancement of geographical science." The award was presented by Dr. Alexander Melamid, Chair Emeritus of the Society's Honors Committee.

Dangermond was cited for his contributions to the advent of GIS and related information technologies. Mary Lynne Bird, executive director of the Society said, "Through a unique blend of scientific advancement, entrepreneurial enterprise, and visionary advocacy, he has changed the way science and society view the earth, represent and analyze geographic phenomena, and practice geographic methodology."

Bird continued by stating that as founder and president of Esri and by offering the first commercial GIS software, Dangermond has led the diffusion of geographic information technology. "In so doing, he has helped democratize geographic understanding to an extent not experienced since the first mass printing of maps and atlases during the Age of Discovery."

The Cullum Geographical Medal was established by the American Geographical Society at the bequest of General George Washington Cullum in 1893. Other recipients of the medal have included Admiral Robert Peary, Rachel Carson, and Neil Armstrong.

For more information on AGS, please write to The American Geographical Society, 120 Wall St., Suite 100, New York, New York 10005-3904.

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