In September 2006, Professional Surveyor Magazine celebrated its silver anniversary by assembling a list of the top 25 most influential people in surveying over the last 25 years. Dr. Paul Wolf, the late professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, was included on their list.
A 1967 graduate of UW-Madison, Paul returned to his alma matter in 1970 after teaching at the University of California-Berkeley for several years. He was head of the UW surveying and photogrammetry program from 1979 up until his retirement in 1993. Sadly, Paul passed away in 2002 after a long illness. Among his many honors, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) maintains a scholarship for photogrammetry, surveying, and remote sensing students in his name.
In the article, Paul is praised for his several books, including Elements of Photogrammetry and Elementary Surveying, and the important role he played in educating hundreds of UW surveying students, many of whom “followed his path into teaching and research.”