After living in Northridge near the university for forty years, Bill Bowen and his wife Marilyn (deceased) moved to Roseville, California in 2010 to be nearer their grandchildren and his beloved Sierra Nevada. Bill was educated as a geographer at U.C. Berkeley. He was privileged to have taken courses from Professors Clarence Glacken, John Kesseli, Ted Oberlander, James Parsons, Carl Sauer, Hilgard Sternberg, James Vance, Gottfried G. Pfeiffer, Gunther Barth, Peter Birkeland, J. B. Jackson, Gunther Barth, Clyde A. Wahrhaftig, Robert Middlekauff, Walton E. Bean, Albert Fishlow, James D. Hart, and George Stewart. He joined the faculty at California State University, Northridge in 1970 and taught there until his retirement in 2004. Several years before his retirement, he decided to create the California Geographical Survey as a tool for better communicating his ideas and maps to students and other explorers who frequent the Web. He continues his work today at home, in a cabinet that contains two high-speed Macintosh computers.
Although educated as a cultural geographer and physical geographer in the Sauerian tradition, he has always been fascinated with maps. This evolving collection of photorealistic, panoramic maps of the earth's landscapes can be traced to an undergraduate map reading course taught by Professor John E. Kesseli in 1962 and a cartography course taught by Professor Ted Oberlander in the spring of 1963. He is forever in the debt of these fine scholars and the many other teachers who touched his life.
Robert Provin and David Deis provided essential technical support to the California Geographical Survey during the years it was hosted by California State University, Northridge. Both were valued colleagues whose technical expertise, patient good thoughts, and intelligence kept the web service alive during its early, challenging years. Until his retirement in June 2005, Robert was the senior scientific technician of the Department of Geography and an internationally renown expert in astronomical photography.
David Deis provided technical support for the Survey's computer server from 2005 until 2016, when changing university administrative policies required that the Survey cease campus operations. He is the chief cartographer for the Department of Geography, and in that capacity has become an expert in digital mapping, image processing, and graphic design.
Current Survey staff members include from left to right: Thomas, Janine, Sean, Will, Bill, Kathy, Jillian, and me.