February 24, 1944 |
Michael Frank Goodchild (born February 24, 1944) is a British-American geographer. He is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After nineteen years at the University of Western Ontario, including three years as chair, he moved to Santa Barbara in 1988, as part of the establishment of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, which he directed for over 20 years. In 2008, he founded the UCSB Center for Spatial Studies.
- Ph.D., Geography, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 1969
- B.A., Physics, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, 1965
His most influential work has involved research on Geographic Information Science (aka GIS or computer mapping). He is widely credited with coining "Volunteered Geographic Information" and is considered the world's foremost expert on the topic.
Caves and Karst
As a doctoral student at McMaster University, Goodchild rediscovered Castleguard Cave (20 kilometers long, the longest cave in Canada). His student Alan Glennon discovered an entrance and made significant discoveries to the Martin Ridge Cave System, Kentucky (51.8 kilometers long). Goodchild's dissertation advisor, Dr. Derek C. Ford, is a highly-influential Canadian geomorphologist and karst scientist.
- Foreign Member of the Royal Society, 2010– 
- Researcher of the Year, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, 2010;
- Prix Vautrin Lud, St Dié-des-Vosges, France, 2007;
- Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006-;
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Ryerson University, 2004;
- Honorary Doctor of Science, McMaster University, 2004;
- Professor, Wuhan University, 2003–;
- Faculty Research Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003;
- Founder's Medal, Royal Geographical Society, 2003;
- Educator of the Year, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, 2002;
- Foreign Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 2002–;
- Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2002–;
- National Associate of the National Academies, 2001–;
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), 2001;
- Honorary Doctor of Science, Keele University, 2001;
- Award of Distinction for Exceptional Scholarly Contributions to Cartography, Canadian Cartographic Association, 1999;
- Honorary Doctor of Science, Université Laval, 1999.