Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060
Michael F. Goodchild (B.A., Physics, Cambridge University; Ph.D., Geography, McMaster University) is Professor Emeritus of Geography and former director of the Center for Spatial Studies (spatial@ucsb) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After 19 years at the University of Western Ontario, including three years as Chair, he moved to Santa Barbara in 1988. Since then, he has served as Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA); Associate Director of the Alexandria Digital Library Project; and Director of the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science. Goodchild retired from academia June 2012.
Goodchild’s research publications, including more than 400 scientific papers and a dozen authored and edited books, have laid a foundation for geographic information science and spatial analysis, extended the development of geo-libraries, contributed to understanding uncertainty in geographic data, and advanced capabilities in location-allocation modeling. He was Editor of Geographical Analysis for three years and of the “Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences” section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers for six years. Goodchild is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received honorary doctorates from Laval University, Keele University, Ryerson University, and McMaster University. He is a recipient of the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Award for Scholarly Distinction, Association of American Geographers’ Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Canadian Cartographic Association’s Award of Distinction for Exceptional Contributions to Cartography, Educator of the Year Award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the Founder’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Intergraph Award, and the Horwood Critique Prize (twice) of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). In 2007 Goodchild was inducted into the GIS Hall of Fame of URISA and received the prestigious international Prix Vautrin Lud, in St Dié-des-Vosges, France. More recently, Goodchild received the Peter A. Burrough Medal, International Spatial Accuracy Research Association, 2012.