Dr. Jerome E "Jerry" Dobson is honored as UCGIS Fellow.
Dr. Jerome E. “Jerry” Dobson is awarded
University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)
Fellow status to recognize his outstanding contributions to
geographic information science (GIScience) and his service to
UCGIS. Jerry was an early researcher and pioneer who helped
establish the field of GIScience. He earned an AA from Reinhardt
College, AB and MA from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D.
in Geography from the University of Tennessee. In 1975, he began
his career with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, continuing there
until 2001 when he joined the faculty in the Department of
Geography at the University of Kansas. Jerry’s outstanding
career has provided him significant honor and affiliation
including current positions as President of the American
Geographical Society, Jefferson Science Fellow of the National
Academies, Senior Scientist in the U.S. Department of State,
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and member of
Sigma Xi. His previous affiliations have included Distinguished
Research and Development Staff of Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
contributing editor and Board of Directors of GIS World (later
GeoWorld) where he wrote a popular column for 14 years, and U.S.
Delegate and Expert to the International Organization for
Standardization. His honors include the Robert T. Aangeenbrug
Distinguished Career Award from the GIS Specialty Group of the
Association of American Geographers, and the Cartography and
Geographic Information Society’s Distinguished Career Award for
Dr. Dobson made major contributions to
geography and geographic information systems and science
including the first GIS research article published in a
mainstream geographical journal (Geographical Review, 1979). His
research topics have included water availability for energy,
protocols for large‐area land cover change analysis based on
remote sensing, and the role of iodine in human evolution. Other
work has examined evidence for previously undiscovered
paleogeographic links among continents. Dr. Dobson published an
early seminal article on “Automated Geography” (The Professional
Geographer, 1983). This article and additional work by Dr.
Dobson and others led the National Science Foundation to fund
the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis. Dr.
Dobson’s recent work has included mapping global population
distribution, testing and improving new technology for mapping
minefields without walking on them, and an examination of the
societal implications of geospatial technology for human
tracking and geoslavery. Most recently he has led five Bowman
Expeditions to employ GIS in improving U. S. understanding of
foreign peoples and places.
Dr. Dobson was among the original founders of
UCGIS and served as its second president. He led the initial
efforts to formulate the UCGIS research agenda and helped
establish a strong UCGIS Congressional program.
UCGIS is pleased to award Dr. Jerome E. Dobson
with 2011 UCGIS Fellows status.