Robert W. “Bob” Kates will receive the 2014 AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography. The Association of American Geographers proudly confers this award to Kates in recognition of the many ways that his unrelenting creativity, energy, and care for the world around him have led him to enhance and ennoble nature-society research as one of geography’s fundamental contributions to knowledge, at the same time improving prospects for sustainability from the global to the local scales. The Brunn Award for Creativity recognizes the significant impact of his creativity in making this world a better place.

The remarkable focus, quality, and quantity of Bob Kates’ scholarly career have earned him recognitions unmatched by any other geographer in his generation. For example, in 1975 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences; in 1981 he was awarded a MacArthur Prize Fellowship; and in 1991 he was awarded the National Medal of Science in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. Kates also received AAG Honors, the highest awards offered by the Association of American Geographers, in 1979.

The AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography is given annually to an individual geographer or team of geographers that has demonstrated originality, creativity and significant intellectual breakthroughs in geography. The award includes a prize of $1,000.

Friends, family and colleagues are invited to celebrate with Bob Kates on April 12, 2014, when he receives the award at the AAG Awards Luncheon. The special ceremony will be held as part of the 2014 AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla. For more information about the awards luncheon, visit