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Doug Richardson

Ph.D. 1980

Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Before joining the AAG, Dr. Richardson founded and was the president of GeoResearch, Inc., a private research firm specializing in the environmental and geographical sciences. Richardson and GeoResearch invented, developed, and patented the world’s first real-time interactive GPS/GIS technologies, which have transformed how geographic information is now collected, mapped, integrated, and used within geography, as well as in society at large. He sold the company and its core patents in 1998.

His current research interests range from GIScience and Health to Geography and the Humanities. He has served on numerous public, private, and NGO boards and committees, including currently the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, chairing its Geospatial Privacy Subcommittee. He has received funding as the PI or co-PI for dozens of research projects from NSF, NIH, and other federal research agencies.

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from nearly 100 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG’s Annual Meeting, scholarly journals (Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Professional Geographer, the AAG Review of Books and GeoHumanities), and the online AAG Newsletter.

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