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Lebenslauf Prof. Dr.-Ing.mult Gottfried Konecny

Curriculum Vitae

Gottfried Konecny
June 17, 1930 in Troppau, Czechoslovakia
CitizenshipCanadian; German Civil Servant, State of Lower Saxony
Marriedsince 1958 to Lieselotte, nee Angstwurm, from Munich, Germany
ChildrenSusanne Katharina, born 1959 in Munich, Gottfried jun., born 1961 in Munich
Private addressWartheweg 22
D-3000 Hannover


+ 00 49-511-528 25


  • Elementary School, Troppau, Czechoslovakia/Sudetenland, 1936-1940
  • Secondary School, Troppau, Sudetenland 1940-1945
  • Secondary School, Neumarkt Opf., Germany 1948-1950
  • University Education: Technical University of Munich, F.R. Germany
    (Surveying Engineering) 1950-1954
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA (Geodetic Science) 1954-1956
  • Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, La., USA ,NSF Summer School in Applied Mathematics 1960


  • M.Sc. 1955
  • Technical University of Munich, F.R. Germany (Photogrammetry)
    degree: Dipl.-Ing. (Surveying Engineering) 1957
  • Technical University of Munich, F.R. Germany (Photogrammetry)
    degree: Dipl.-Ing. (Surveying Engineering) 1957

Honorary Degrees, Awards and Distinctions

  • Dr. h.c., Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina 1971
  • Earl J. Fennell Award, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping 1978
  • Honorary Member, Brazilian Society for Cartography 1981
  • Honorary Member, Spanish Society for Photogrammetry 1983
  • Team Achievement Award, European Space Agency 1984
  • Commendador, Brazilian Society for Cartography, Order of Merit 1984
  • Dr. Sc. h.c., University of New Brunswick, Canada 1985
  • Honorary Member, Committee on Geographic Information Systems, Laboratory of Remote Sensing (LREIS), Chinese Academy of Science 1986
  • Honorary Professor, Technical University for Surveying and Mapping, Wuhan, China 1986
  • Order of Merit, First Class, Fed. Rep. Germany 1990
  • Honorary Fellow, Indian Society of Remote Sensing 1991
  • Honorary Member, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 1992
  • Dr. Sc. h.c., Anna University, Madras, India 1994 
  • Honorary Member, German Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 1999
  • Wilhelm Exner Medal, Austrian Trade Association 1999
  • Photogrammetric Award, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 2000 


  • Draftsman, Survey Office, Troppau, Czechoslovakia 1945-1946
  • Technical employee, City Survey Office, Neumarkt Opf., Germany 1946-1948
  • Assistant, Institute for Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA (under Prof. Heiskanen and Prof. Doyle) 1955-1956
  • Scientific Assistant, Institute for Photogrammetry, Technical University Munich, Germany (under Prof. R.Finsterwalder) 1957-1959
  • Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada (Setup of a University Department of Surveying Engineering with the first English speaking undergraduate and graduate degree program in Canada for the subjects of Surveying, Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography:

             Assistant Professor 1959-1962
             Associate Professor 1962-1966
             Full Professor and Department Head 1966-1971
             Adjunct Professor, University of New Brunswick, Canada since 1971

  • Professor and Director of Institute for Photogrammetry and Engineering Surveys, University of Hannover,  F.R. Germany, responsible for teaching, research and consulting activities since 1971
  • Emeritus Professor 1998


  • Fulbright scholarship of the U.S. Government for studies at Ohio State University, USA 1954-1955
  • National Science Foundation fellowship for studies at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, USA 1960
  • National Research Council (Canada) - Senior Research Fellowship: Raytheon/Autometric Operation at N.A.S.A. - MSC, Houston, Texas - Development of Photogrammetric Methods for the Lunar Orbiter Program to detect Lunar landing sites 1966-1967
  • Visiting Professor, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney, Australia 1966-1967
  • USSR Academy of Sciences, Exchange Fellowship University of Leningrad, USSR 1970
  • Academy Fellowship, Volkswagen Foundation: Institut Geographique National, Saint Mande, Paris, France 1984-1985
  • Commomwealth on Australia, Vice Chancellor Fellowship, Technical Univ. of Queensland, Univ. of New South Wales, University of Melbourne

Special Activities, Consultancies

  • Trainee, City Survey Office, Nuremberg, F.R. Germany, Summer 1950, 1951
  • Computing Section, Geodetic Survey, Munich, F.R. Germany Summer 1952
  • IASTE-exchange, trainee, City Survey Office, Helsinki, Finland Summer 1953
  • IASTE-exchange, trainee, French National Oil Co. (geophysics section), Montpellier, France autumn 1953
  • Photogrammetric operator, Ohio Department of Highways, Columbus, Ohio, USA Summer 1956
  • Consultant, Department of Surveys, Province of New Brunswick, Canada, setup of control surveys and of mapping as well as of a land information system for the Province 1959-1971
  • Member, Board of Examiners, New Brunswick Association of Land Surveyors, Canada 1959-1970
  • Research employment in glacial photogrammetry, Institute of Photogrammetry, Technical University of Munich, F.R. Germany Summer 1961
  • Glacial surveys in Western Canada in cooperation with the Federal Govern-ment of Canada summers 1962, 1963
  • Sub-contractor: Terrestrial photogrammetric surveys of dam-construction, Colombo-Plan Project "Idikki", State of Kerala, India Spring 1964
  • Photogrammetric glacial surveys and velocity surveys of an ice shelf on Elles-mere Island, Canadian Arctic Summer 1964
  • Gravity survey of the Province of New Brunswick, Canada 1964-1967
  • Chief Surveyor, National Geographic Society Expedition to Mount Kennedy, Yukon Territories, Canada April 1965
  • Staff member of National Science Foundation (USA) - Summer Institute for glaciology of Michigan State University at Juneau Icefield, Alaska, USA Summers 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972
  • Consultant to Ottico Meccanica Italiana, Rome, Italy 1968-1971
  • Visiting Professor, National University of Tucuman, Argentina Sept. 1971 and Aug. 1973
  • Consultant, United Nations Development Project at Survey of India, Hyderabad, A.P., India, Analytical Photogrammetry March 1973-April 1973
  • Chairman, Examining board, Swiss School for Photogrammetric Operators, St. Gallen, Switzerland 1975-1984
  • Consultant on various German Technical Cooperation assignments of GTZ:

-Costa Rica (University of Heredia) 1975
-Nigeria (Mapping Center, Enugu) 1976
-Zimbabwe (University of Zimbabwe and National Remote Sensing Centre) 1988-1992
-India (Institute of Remote Sensing, Anna University, Madras and National Remote Sensing Facility, Dept. of Space, Hyderabad) 1990-1997
-Guatemala, Study on Modernisation of the National Geographic Survey Institute 1999 and Course on Digital Photogrammetry 2000

  • Head of Delegation of the Fed. Rep. of Germany to United Nations Cartographic Conference, Panama March 1976 and Mexico 1978
  • Invited Lecturer for course on Analytical Photogrammetry, Collegio de Ingenieros, Caracas, Venezuela August 1977
  • Consultant to DLR (German Space Agency) & Project Scientist, Metric Camera Experiment, First Spacelab Mission as Project Scientist 1977-1986
  • Chairman Metric Camera Working Group, European Space Agency, Paris 1977-1988
  • Consultant to Hansa Luftbild GmbH, Münster, F.R. Germany 1977-1998
  • Consultant to German Space Research & Development Agency, DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen (mapping from satellites) 1987-1998
  • Invited Lecturer for Course on Analytical and Digital Photogrammetry, University for Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography, Wuhan, P.R. China Sept 1980 - Oct 1980
  • Consultant, Survey Department, Kuwait Municipality, Government of Kuwait
  • Setup of the KUDAMS Project (Integrated Urban Geographic Information System) involving control surveys, photogrammetry, digital mapping and GIS (tendering procedures, supervision of contracts) 1980-1990
  • Invited Lecturer for Course on Analytical Photogrammetry (in Spanish language), Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico April 1981
  • Consultant, World Bank Project 'Photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems', Agricultural Land Reform Office, Bangkok, Thailand June 1987 - June 1988
  • Consultant, UN-Habitat Nairobi at Dubai Municipality Planning Dept. (preparation of control surveys, photogrammetry, digital mapping, GIS 1988-2000)
  •  Caravan Workshop Organisation and/or active participation

-Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey 1994 on GIS
-National Research Council Beirut, Lebanon, 1995 on GIS and remote sensing
-NASDA/Restec, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 1997 on remote sensing and G
-NASDA/Restec, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 1998 on mapping from Space
-NASDA/Restec, [Diyutalawa], Sri Lanka 1998 on mapping from space
-GTZ, Guatemala on digital photogrammetry
-NASDA/Restec, Pnom Penh, Combodia 2000 on mapping from space and GIS

Functions in Societies and Institutions

  • German Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

                 -Treasurer 1958-1959
                 -President 1972-1976
                 -Vice President 1976-1980

  • International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

                -Chairman, Working Group III/1, Geometry of Remote Sensing Systems 1972-1976
                -Congress Director 1976-1980
                -Secretary General 1980-1984
                -President 1984-1988
                -1st Vice President 1988-1992
                -Chairman Working Group IV/2 & IV/4" Mapping from Space " 1992-1996, 1996-2000

  • Canadian Institute of Surveying, member, Editorial Board 1963-1971

               -Program chairman, CIS Annual Meeting, Halifax N.S., 1970

  • European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories EARSeL

               -Chairman of Working Group 9, Space Cartography 1980-1985
               -EARSeL National Delegate 1985-1989 & 1997- now
               -Vice Chairman of EARSeL 1989-1993
               -Chairman of EARSeL 1993-1997
               -Honorary Vice President of EARSeL since 1997
               -Committee Membership

  • National Research Council, Canada

                -Committee on Geodesy 1963-1965, 1969-1971
                -Committee on Glaciology 1964-1971

  • Highway Research Board, USA

                -Committee on Photogrammetry 1965-1971

  • Inter-Department Committee on Satellite Uses, Government of Canada

                -Committee on Cartography 1970-1971

  • Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, F.R. Germany

                -ad hoc committee on remote sensing 1971-1972
                -space research committee 1977-1981
                -ad hoc committee geo-sciences 1980-1981

  • German Space Agency DARA, F.R. Germany

                -committee on regional applications of remote sensing 1990 - now

  • World Bank, AFTEN, Washington, D.C. (Committee on Environmental Information -Systems for Subsaharan Africa 1989-2000, Chairman 1992- 1998)
  • German Ministry of Technical Cooperation BMZ, Bonn
  • Scientific Committee of Observatoire du Sahel et du Sahara 1992-1997
    (Vice Chairman of Scientific Committee 1993-1997)
  • Delegation member or delegation leader of German delegation to UN Cartographic Conferences to Africa, the Americas, and to Asia and the Far East since 1976
  • Elected Membership in Scientific Societies German Geodetic Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences since 1971
  • Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft since 1983
  • Sudeto-German Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1984
  • International Academy of Astronautics since 1988

 University Duties

  • Administrative Board (Vorstand) Student Affairs (Studentenwerk), University of Hannover  1971-1985
  • Chairman (Sprecher) Special Research Area SFB (Sonderforschungsbereich) No 149, German Research Foundation (DFG): Survey and Remote Sensing Methods in Coastal Areas 1975-1985
  • Dean, Faculty of Civil and Surveying Engineering, University of Hannover 1993-1996
  • Vice-Dean, Faculty of Civil and Surveying Engineering, University of Hannover 1996- 1998
  • Emeritus Professor, as of October 1, 1998