Michael Frank Goodchild

Mike Goodchild
Born (1944-02-24) February 24, 1944
Occupation British-American Geographer

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.[1] In 2008, he founded the UCSB Center for Spatial Studies.



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.



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  2. "British Academy Fellows, Record for: GOODCHILD, Professor Michael". British Academy. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  3. "Foreign Members". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  4. "Research Award". UCGIS. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
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