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Roger Tomlinson Prize established

Gift of ESRI founder Jack Dangermond

Roger Tomlinson Prize established

An annual prize has been established at UCL by Jack Dangermond, founder of ESRI, the world’s largest GIS software developer.

The prize is in the name of Dr Roger Tomlinson, widely credited with being the ‘Father of GIS’, who obtained his PhD at UCL Geography in the early 1970s.

It will be awarded annually for the best PhD dissertation at UCL relating to the development or application of GIS, and is intended to support new PhD scholars in sharing ideas around the world and developing their careers.

The first Roger Tomlinson award has been made to Dr Faisal Umar Kaita for his work, Understanding spatial patterns of urban crime in a developing country.

Faisal collected the largest database of crime victimisation in a developing country, for Nigeria, impressing the examiners, Dr Aiden Sidebottom (UCL Crime Science) and Professor Martin Andresen (Simon Fraser University), with his breadth of knowledge and the potential of the work for further applications of GIS.


Faisal’s work was supervised by Dr James Cheshire (UCL Geography) and Professor Shane Johnson (UCL Security and Crime Science).



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