Mercator Medal for Ferjan Ormeling

During its annual summer celebration on 24 June, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kartographie (German Cartographical Society) presented the Mercator Medal to Ferjan Ormeling . For more than 30 years, the DGfK has honoured scientists who have made exceptional contributions to the field of cartography through remarkable, internationally-celebrated scientific performance by awarding them the Mercator Medal.

Prof. Ferjan Ormeling is Professor Emeritus of Cartography at Utrecht University, former staff member of the Editorial Board of the Bosatlas, and editor of Geo-Info. As the driving force behind one of the few cartographical study programmes in the Netherlands, for more than two decades he served as the figurehead for cartography in the country. His work including designing thematic maps to help facilitate the transfer of knowledge, and he is famous for his interest in historical cartographical topics. From 1999 to 2017, he served as chairperson for the working group on Foreign Geographical Names.

Ormeling has received many other scientific awards in the past, such as the gold Carl Mannerfelt Medal presented by the International Cartographic Association (2009). He has also been presented with honorary doctorates from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (2013) and Aristoteles University in Thessaloniki (2015). In 2017, he was elected as President of the 11th United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names in New York.

Source: Geo-Informatie Nederland

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