2000 Thurlow Award

Presented to: Ronald R. Hatch

Citation: For outstanding and sustained contributions to the science of satellite navigation.


Mr. Ronald R. Hatch was one of the founders of Navcom Technology, a John Deere Company, where he is currently the director of navigation systems. Prior to joining NavCom, and after 23 years with Magnavox, Mr. Hatch worked as a GPS consultant with a number of com-panies and government agencies. Included among these were Leica, Honeywell, Northrop, the National Aeronautics and Space Admin-istration and the FAA. Mr. Hatch received a B.S. degree in 1962 in math and physics from Seattle Pacific University. His entire career has been involved in satellite navigation and surveying, starting with TRANSIT at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Magnavox, and continuing to this day with Global Positioning Systems.

He is a prolific author with dozens of technical papers to his credit. He edited volume IV of the Institute of Navigation's "Redbook" series on differential GPS. Mr. Hatch will take office as ION president on June 15, 2001. He has contributed significantly to the ION over many years, including holding posts as program chair and general chair of ION GPS meetings and as Satellite Division vice chair and chair. Mr. Hatch received the 1994 Satellite Division's Johannes Kepler Award and was elected an ION fellow in 2000.