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Thursday, October 12 • 10:40am - 12:00pm
People in Cartography | Figures de la cartographie

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Three Pioneering Women Cartographers of the 20th Century | Trois femmes cartographes pionnières du XXè siècle
Presenter: Judith Tyner, California State University, Long Beach
While little is known about female cartographers in the early 20th century, three women stand out. Grace Hebard of Wyoming, with a BS in Civil engineering, who worked as a"draftsman" in the Wyoming Surveyor General's Office, Laura Whitlock, the official cartographer of Los Angeles County, and Gertrude Bracht of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are worth noting. This paper looks at the contributions of these women in the context of the time.

John Byron Plato: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Rural Advocate, Cartographer | John Byron Plato : inventeur, entrepreneur, défenseur de la cause rurale et cartographe
Presenter: Mark Monmonier, Syracuse University
Scholars have largely ignored John Byron Plato, the early twentieth century American cartographer who invented the"Clock System" a georeferencing technique that used a template of circles and radial lines to give rural residents a "real address" like their urban counterparts. Born in 1876, Plato was an only child whose father died when he was four. He completed high school, served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, and patented a device for parking horse-drawn wagons. After patenting the Clock System in 1915, he developed a business plan, recruited investors, and compiled and marketed several maps and rural indexes until his business foundered in the Great Depression. Around 1931 he moved to Washington, DC, and worked as a government cartographer for several years. His invention reflects serendipity, cleverness, initiative, prior interaction with the Patent Office, and work experience as a manufacturer, draftsman, lumberyard manager, livestock and dairy farmer, and machinist.

Elements of Cartography: A Bibliobiography | Elements of Cartography : une bibliobiographie
Presenter: Jenny Marie Johnson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In 1962, John Kirtland Wright wrote, "Books are not unlike people, and some books, like some people, deserve biographies." Given its long lifespan and impact on the shape of United States academic cartography, Arthur H. Robinson's Elements of Cartography deserves a biography. Using Wright's notes for a bibliobiography of Ellen Semple's Influences of Geographic Environment as a framework for structuring a biography of a book, I will discuss the ancestry, character, personality and career of Elements of Cartography. Much of this bibliobiography relies on citation analysis (ancestry) and close textual reading (career) but external sources such as publisher's descriptions and reviews shed light on this important title's character and personality.

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Hans van der Maarel

Red Geographics
Hans van der Maarel is a long-time FME user, FME Certified Professional, FME Certified Trainer and Safe Software partner from The Netherlands. Apart from FME his company Red Geographics focuses on cartography. Other interests include taking photos, riding bikes and taking photos... Read More →

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Mark Monmonier

Distinguished Prof of Geography, Syracuse University
Most recently I published Patents and Cartographic Inventions, in the series Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology. This semester I am teaching a map design course and a course on hazardous environments. This coming spring the Univ of Chicago Press will releas... Read More →
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Judith Tyner

California State University, Long Beach


Thursday October 12, 2017 10:40am - 12:00pm
Salons 6 & 7, Level 3
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