Jack Dangermond honored by IGU with the Planet and Humanity medal
Esri today announced that the International Geographical Union (IGU) has awarded Jack Dangermond the Planet and Humanity Medal. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to peace, well-being or sustainability. The UGI is an international non-governmental professional organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the discipline of geography by initiating and coordinating research and teaching on a global scale.
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Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, received the Planet and Humanity medal from the International Geographical Union (Photo: Business Wire)
This award is only awarded every four years and normally to leaders in the public sector or with a background in scientific leadership. Past laureates included Al Gore, Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev. This year marks the first time that the medal has been awarded to someone from the private technology sector.
Jack Dangermond founded Esri in Redlands, California in 1969, and today is the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) software. Dangermond has generously supported important environmental programs and has donated or pledged over $ 1 billion in free Esri software to schools and environmental organizations.
âThis award is an incredible honor for me, and I accept it in the name of all the good work being done by my colleagues and our users,â said Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri. “Our collective work has focused on creating and applying systematic tools. That help people apply geographic thinking to problem solving. At Esri, we believe geography is at the heart of a future. more resilient and sustainable and we are committed to providing organizations and individuals with technology that enables geospatial understanding and helps people challenge our best. “
In recent years, Esri has partnered with organizations such as EO Wilson Half Earth Project, NatureServe, The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, and the US Forest Service, with the goal of preserving the parts of the world that humans still need to maintain a diverse and functioning natural ecosystem. For example, Esri technology has been used to map global biodiversity and identify areas of vulnerability around the world. These maps model the habitats of endangered species so that they can be better identified and protected.
Trained at California Polytechnic College-Pomona, the University of Minnesota and the Computer Graphics and Spatial Design Lab at Harvard University, Jack Dangermond began his career in landscape architecture before playing a key role in the development of GIS technology for a large market. He is recognized not only as a pioneer in spatial analysis methods, but also as one of the most influential people in the field of GIS.
Actively managing Esri and closely linked to projects, customers and the corporate vision, Dangermond is personally committed to applying GIS methods for environmental stewardship and sustainable communities.
To learn more about Jack Dangermond, the IGU Planet and Humanity Medal, and for the full list of laureates, visit igu-online.org/announcement-of-igu-awards-2021/.
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