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About Jack

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri), in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under his leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and geodesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference in the worldwide.

Jack fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the US; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.


  • MS, Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1969
  • MS, Urban Planning, Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, 1968
  • BS, Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic College, Pomona, 1967

Honorary Doctorates

  • University of Greenwich, London, 2013
  • University of Massachusetts Boston, 2013
  • Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, 2011
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2008
  • Loma Linda University, California, 2006
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, 2006
  •  Technical University for Civil Engineering of Bucharest, Romania, 2005
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2005
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, 2005
  • University of West Hungary, 2003
  • City, University of London, 2002
  • University of Redlands, 1999
  • Ferris State University, 1993

Selected Awards

  • Audubon Medal, The National Audubon Society, 2015
  • Ocean Conservation Award, Aquarium of the Pacific, 2014
  • Champions of the Earth Award, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 2013
  • Alexander Graham Bell Medal, National Geographic Society, 2010
  • Patron's Medal, Royal Geographical Society, 2010
  • Public-Private Partnership Award, National Governors Association, 2009    

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