On the occasion of GIS Day, let us remember the GIS champion, the man who captured his idea and made it feasible.
It is said "A prophet is always in front of his time" and so this visionary has forever changed the way we collect, view and analyze geographic data.
Roger Tomlinson certainly does not need to be introduced. He was a giant in the fields of Geography and Geographic Information System. His huge contribution to GIS and his lasting legacy as a geographer and researcher continues to act as a beacon of inspiration for all of us.
Approved as the "Father of GIS," he developed the first GIS in 1967 for Canada's Land Inventory and long-trained the GIS fraternity.
During his prominent career, he received many awards, including the James R. Anderson Medal of Honor for Applied Geography in 1995 and Robert T. Aangeenbrug's Distinguished Career Award by the American Geography Association in 2005.
Dr. Tomlinson was also the first recipient of the Esri Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.
He was also introduced as an honorary associate of the Royal Geographical Society and received numerous honorary doctoral theses.
He has been Chairman of the GIS Committee of the International Geographic Association for 12 years. He was also president of the Canadian Union of Geographers.
Due to his incomparable experience in GIS systems and valid knowledge of geography, he also advised the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the US Department of Commerce and Agriculture, the American Geological Survey, the US Forest Service and the Canadian Forestry Service
National Geographic awarded him the award-winning Alexander Graham Bell award for outstanding contributions to geographic research in 2010.
He also writes a book titled "GIS Thinking: Designing Geographical Information Systems for Managers", which offers amazing GIS knowledge for professionals and managers.
He was commissioned with the Canadian Order, Canada's highest political prize, in 2001 for his innovation benefiting in many areas. The award statement said: "Governments and scientists around the world have turned to him to better understand our environment and change land use patterns, better manage our urban development and our valuable natural resources."