Recognition of Geographical Information Science Expertise

August 13, 2013 --The School of GeoSciences at The University of Edinburgh is delighted to announce two Honorary Fellowships this year, recognising the commitment and achievements of some of the most influential individuals within the GIS arena.

The first is to Adrian Tear, a former student of the University (who graduated with Distinction in MSc GIS in 1992). Adrian’s passion and skills coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit allowed for adiverse and awe-inspiring career. Adrian’s successes have spannedsatellite imagery mapping to the launch of the uniquely geospatial dating website LoopyLove - which served more than 25% of the online market!Not one to rest on his laurels, Adrian continues to manage his own company advising corporate clients!

The second Fellowship is granted to Professor Michael Worboys – a leading academic within the field – who has worked for many years at the exciting and ever-evolving boundary between the computer sciences, mathematics, and GIS. Until recently, Mike was Director of the School of Computing and Information Science , and a professor in the National Centre for Geographic Information and Analysis  (NCGIA) at the University of Maine, USA. Mike’s CV boasts such highlights as co-authoring GIS: A Computing Perspective and acting as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spatial Information Science.

Bruce Gittings, Programme Director for MSc in GIS at Edinburgh said: ‘The School looks forward to working closely and collaboratively with Mike and Adrian – we are really excited to have them on board and I am certain the students will benefit not just from their knowledge and research interests but also learn from their achievements and successes. They promise to be excellent role models for our aspiring Geographical Information Scientists.’

The MSc in Geographical Information Science (GIS) at Edinburgh has been running for over 30 years and boasts excellent graduate employment records; some of the industry’s greatest experts and a uniquely flexible programme – the first of its kind in the UK - or indeed globally. The programme is recognised by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. To find out more visit:

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