Professor Michael Goodchild ForMemRS
Director, Center for Spatial Studies, and Professor of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Michael Goodchild is the unchallenged global leader of Geographic Information (or systems) Science. This seeks to conceptualise the complexities of field - and object -based geographic phenomena as manifested across both the traditional physical and 'hard' social sciences. Based on this he has led research teams which have created new analytical methods for integration and analysis of very large spatial databases, leading to a $20bn+ industry. The quality and innovative nature of his work have led to him being elected as a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a gold medallist of the Royal Geographical Society.