Monmonier receives Chancellor's Lifetime Achievement award
As he wraps up a nearly 50-year career with the Maxwell
School, Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography and the
Environment, has received the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence Lifetime
The honor recognizes those at Syracuse University who have
made extraordinary contributions to the undergraduate experience and research
excellence, have fostered innovation and have supported student veterans. It
was announced during the virtual One University Awards ceremony on May 7, 2021.
“You are a major figure in the discipline of geography and
arguably the most influential academic cartographer of the past 50 years,” wrote
Chancellor Kent Syverud in an award letter to Monmonier. “You have advanced the
field immeasurably in mapping and map design, geographic information,
cartographic technique and the history of cartography.”
Monmonier has authored more than 20 books, including the
first general textbook on computer-assisted cartography (Prentice-Hall, 1982) and
“How to Lie with Maps” which in December 2020 was named one of the “eight
essential books for geographers” by Geographical Magazine, the National
Geographic of the United Kingdom.
His latest book, titled, “Clock & Compass: How John
Byron Plato Gave Farmers a Real Address,” is due out in early 2022. It tells
the story of its namesake, who attended a pioneer Denver vocational high
school, became a farmer in his mid-30s, and patented several inventions
including the “Clock System,” which assigned addresses to rural residences
without house numbers.
Like Plato, Monmonier is regarded as an inventor. What has
become known as the “Monmonier Algorithm”—based on an article he published in
1973, the same year he joined Maxwell—is an important research tool for geographic
studies in linguistics and genetics.
His lengthy curriculum vitae includes a Guggenheim
Fellowship in 1984, editing the National Science Foundation-supported
encyclopedia “Cartography in the Twentieth Century” (Univ. of Chicago Press,
2015) and publishing papers too numerous to count on everything from map design
to automated map analysis to mass communication.
In addition, Monmonier has served on advisory panels for the
National Research Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has
received numerous honors, including the American Geographical Society’s O. M.
Miller Medal in 2001, and the German Cartographic Society’s Mercator Medal in
2009. In 2016 he was inducted into the Urban and Regional Information Systems
Association's GIS Hall of Fame.
Monmonier retires on May 20, 2021. “Professor Monmonier has
had a truly extraordinary career,” said Tom Perreault, professor and chair of
geography and the environment. “During his nearly 50 years at Syracuse
University, he has taught thousands of students and advised and mentored an
untold number of them. He leaves a legacy of scholarship that is second to none
and which extends well beyond the University.”
University Awards Ceremony | Chancellor (syr.edu) to view the complete One University Awards presentation.