Prof. Henk J. Scholten studied Mathematics and Geography at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and obtained his Ph.D. on the subject of models for housing allocation at the Faculty of Geography of the University of Utrecht (NL) in 1988. Since 1990 he is professor in Spatial Informatics at the Faculty of Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Director of the Spinlab (

Prof. Scholten is founder and CEO of Geodan, one of the largest European companies specialised in Geospatial Information Technology ( In July 2009 the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’was given to Prof. Scholten by Jack Dangermond, founder of ESRI. This award is given to a person who has contributed significantly to advancing the science and technology of GIS throughout his career.

In 2015 Prof. Scholten received from the Manchester University the title of honorary Doctor of Science from the Faculty of Science and Engineering for his extensive contributions to GIS. In May this year during the GeoSpatial World Forum, Prof. Scholten was given the Life Time Achievement Award. Professor Scholten has written many articles about GIS for publication in international books and journals.