Petr Vanicek

Professor Emeritus in Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering

Encaenia Ceremony C: May 17, 2001

Petr Vanicek is recognized internationally for his technical contributions to geodesy, the branch of applied mathematics dealing with the shape and dimensions of the earth or large areas on its service.

A professor of geodesy and geomatics at UNB from 1971 until his retirement in 1999, Dr. Vanicek's achievements were numerous. He supervised or co-supervised over 70 graduate students working toward their master's or PhD degrees. He also has an impressive research record, having either directly or indirectly attracted more than $2 million in research funding to the university.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Vanicek worked closely with universities in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Australia. He has acted as an external reader of theses and graduate reports prepared by 10 graduate students at other universities. All those who benefited from his tutelage would no doubt testify to his ability to instil clear thinking, originality and a hard-work ethic.

An author or co-author of more than 300 publications, Dr. Vanicek was awarded the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal for outstanding contributions to Canadian geophysics. The medal, awarded by the Canadian Geophysical Union, is the highest award an individual can receive in the field of geophysics in Canada. Dr. Vanicek's textbook, Geodesy: The Concepts, has been translated into several languages. It is the standard text for both undergraduate and graduate courses in geodesy worldwide.