Jack Dangermond Receives

Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from HKU


The University of Hong Kong (HKU) held its 209th Congregation on April 3, 2023, to confer honorary degrees upon seven outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to society and the world. Among the recipients was Dr. Jack Dangermond, founder and president of geographic information system (GIS) and location intelligence world market leader Esri, who received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. The highest accolade that the university can bestow on an individual, the honorary degree recognizes those who have made significant contributions to academia and humanity.

Dr. Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with his wife Mrs. Laura Dangermond, with a vision to use geographic analysis and computer mapping to help design a better future. Today, Esri is a privately held business providing GIS software, education, and support to its users around the world. Dr. Dangermond is a leading advocate for GIS and has authored hundreds of papers on its applications in diverse fields. He has received many global recognitions and medals for his achievements, including 14 honorary doctorates from universities in four countries.


Dr. Jack Dangermond was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Hong Kong.


Dr. and Mrs. Dangermond are also known for their philanthropy, having donated US$165 million to establish the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve on the California coast, the largest-ever gift to The Nature Conservancy.

“Our company has always been mission-focused, especially with regard to the issues facing the environment and humanity,” said Dangermond. “While we have grown to become a company that serves a broad set of users in diverse industries, we have always maintained a sense of purpose to improve the world, so I am honored with this recognition and proud to be among such other esteemed recipients.”


Dr. Winnie Tang, founder and chairman of Esri China (Hong Kong) (right), congratulated Dr. Jack Dangermond on receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Hong Kong.


Dr. Jack Dangermond shared the joyful moment at the conferment ceremony with Sr Paul Tsui (right), Chief Executive Officer of Esri China (Hong Kong).