April 26, 2004: Seattle, Wash. — The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced this week that Jack Dangermond, founder and president of ESRI, Redlands, Calif; and Richard Newell, advisor at Ten Sails, Greenwood Village, Colo.; have been named recipients of GITA’s 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award, presented for the first time this year, recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions and long-standing commitment to the geospatial industry. The awards were presented during the Opening Session of GITA’s Annual Conference 27, being held April 25-28 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Wash.
In his 35 years of professional practice, Dangermond fostered the growth of ESRI from a small research group to an organization known worldwide for GIS software development, training, and services. Recognized not only as a pioneer in spatial analysis, Dangermond is also one of the most influential people in the geographic information systems (GIS) industry. He has delivered a number of keynote addresses at international GIS conferences, published hundreds of papers on GIS, and presented thousands of presentations on GIS around the world.
Newell founded three highly successful software companies, including Smallworld System in 1988 and for which he served as company chairman until its acquisition by GE in 2000. His career began in the 1970s, when he performed pioneering work on computer graphics at the CADCentre in Cambridge, U.K. He also developed the Plant Design Management System (PDMS), in addition to founding Cambridge Interactive Systems, which developed the Medusa Computer Aided Design project.
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