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A special tribute in honor of Roger Tomlinson (1933-2014), will be held at the AAG Annual Meeting on April 10, at 4:40 p.m. in Ballroom D of the Tampa Convention Center. Comments and tributes will be made by attendees.

A native of Cambridge, England, Roger F. Tomlinson is credited for coining the term geographic information system (GIS). He created one of the first computerized geographic information system in the 1960s, while working for the Canadian government. He settled in Canada after military service and obtaining his university degrees. Tomlinson has had a distinguished career as a pioneer in GIS. For 12 years, he was chairman of the International Geographical Union GIS Commission. He was also president of the Canadian Association of Geographers and received the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Medal by the National Geographic Society. Most recently, he was awarded the Order of Canada by the Governor General for “changing the face of geography as a discipline. “Tomlinson was also the author of Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers, one of the most widely read books on the subject.

Please come celebrate Tomlinson’s life and share your comments and memories of him with other friends and colleagues.