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The Laureates

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Information on past Blue Planet Prize laureates corresponds to their titles and positions at the time Prize was awarded.
Each year the prize winners give lectures at the "Blue Planet Prize Commemorative Lecture". Every five years, lectures together with essays are compiled and published in a book titled "A Better Future for the Planet Earth". Volume III includes lectures and essays of laureates up to 2006.
The video of the lectures are available only from 2009.

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Profile / Selection rationale Lecture etc.
2014
(23rd)
Prof. Herman Daly Prof. Herman Daly (USA, 1938-)
Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Pro. Daly laid the foundations for environmental economics, which supports the principle of sustainability by incorporating elements of natural resources, local communities, quality of life and ethics into economics.
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Prof. Daniel H. Janzen/Costa Rican National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) Prof. Daniel H. Janzen (USA 1939- )
Professor, Department of biology, University of Pennsylvania
Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)(Founded in Costa Rica, 1989-)

 

Prof. Janzen and INBio presented role models, providing invaluable wisdom to both advanced and developing countries through activities such as sustainable development initiatives and policy recommendations.
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2013
(22nd)
Dr. Taroh Matsuno Dr. Taroh Matsuno (Japan, 1934-)
Principal Scientist, Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

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Dr. Matsuno has made a major contribution to international awareness of global warming and climate change. His paper, "Quasi-Geostrophic Motions in the Equatorial Area," which helped to explain the El Niño phenomenon and to elucidate climate change, is just one of many research accomplishments
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Dr. Daniel Sperling Professor Daniel Sperling (USA, 1951-)
Professor, University of California, Davis

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Prof. Sperling is recognized internationally as a leading expert on transportation, technology, fuels assessment, and policy, with a focus on energy and the environment. He has devoted his career to mitigating climate change and accelerating the global transition to cleaner, more efficient transportation and energy.
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2012
(21st)
(left)Professor William E. Rees / (right)Dr. Mathis Wackernagel Professor William E. Rees (Canada 1943- )
Professor, University of British Columbia,
FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada)
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel (Switzerland 1962- ) (right)
President, Global Footprint Network
Professor William E. Rees

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Developing and advancing the Ecological Footprint, a comprehensive accounting system for comparing human demand on ecosystems to ecosystems' capacity to self-renew. Their approach measures human carrying capacity and helps assess the risks of overconsumption to planetary stability.
> For More Details PDF(440KB)
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel

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Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy (USA 1941- )
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
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Becoming the first person to clarify human caused habitat fragmentation damaged biodiversity and gave rise to environmental crisis. Since then, he has been influencing the world for environmental conservation.
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2011
(20th)
Dr. Jane Lubchenco Dr. Jane Lubchenco (USA 1947- )
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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For substantial contributions to the understanding of biodiversity and marine ecology and clear demonstration to the world of the importance of the social responsibility of scientists.
> For More Details PDF(126KB)
Barefoot College Barefoot College (Founded in India 1972- ) PDF
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Having supported rural villagers in underdeveloped nations and created a model for autonomous regional social development through unique educational programs that emphasize traditional ideas and self-respect.
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Interview by NHK (NHK World TV) of Mr. Bunker Roy, Founder of the Barefoot College
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2010
(19th)
Dr. James Hansen Dr. James Hansen (USA 1941- )
Director at Goddard Institute for Space Studies ( NASA )
Adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University
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Having predicted global warming in the early stage and warned that it would very probably cause destructive results for life on Earth, he called on the governments and the public to take immediate action to reduce and mitigate the impact of climate change.
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Dr. Robert Watson Dr. Robert Watson (UK 1948- )
Chief Scientific Adviser of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Chair of Environmental Science and Science Director at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the University of East Anglia
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Having organized the famous scientific project to derive scientific evidence of the depletion of the Ozone Layer, he eventually endorsed the Montreal Protocol. Later as Chair of IPCC, he played a significant role in coordinating and bridging science and policy for protecting the world environment.
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2009
(18th)
Professor Hirofumi Uzawa Professor Hirofumi Uzawa (Japan 1928-2014 )
Member of The Japan Academy
Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
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As a theoretical framework for confronting environmental issues such as global warming, he has advocated the concept of Social Common Capital, which contributed to pioneering and highly original achievements from a very early stage.
> For More Details PDF(130KB)
Lord Nicholas Stern Lord (Nicholas) Stern of Brentford (UK 1946- )
Professor, The London School of Economics
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Having reported the economic and social impact of and actions against climate change in The Economics of Climate Change with the approach of using cutting edge natural sciences and economics, he provided a clear cut polisy regarding the global warming, which has had a major impact on the world.
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2008
(17th)
Dr. Claude Lorius Dr. Claude Lorius (France 1932- )
Director Emeritus of Research, CNRS
Member of the French Academy of Sciences
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For his contribution in disclosing past climate change based on polar ice sheet core analysis and in discovering the relation between climate change during glacial and interglacial periods and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, indicating its current unprecedentedly high level and warning a consequent global warming
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José Goldemberg Professor José Goldemberg (Brazil 1928- )
Professor, Institute of Electrotechnics and Energy, University of São Paulo
Former Rector, University of São Paulo
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For making major contributions in formulating and implementing many policies associated with improvements on energy use and conservation, in devising a pioneering concept of "technological leapfrogging" for the developing countries for their sustainable development and in exhibiting strong leadership in preparation for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit
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2007
(16th)
Professor Joseph L. Sax Professor Joseph L. Sax (USA 1936-2014 )
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
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For drafting the world’s first modern environmental law based on public trust doctrine supporting citizen action for protection of the environment, and for his pioneering contributions in development of the theory of environmental protection law and in establishing environmental laws internationally
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Dr. Amory B. Lovins Dr. Amory B. Lovins (USA 1947- )
Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
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For his contributions to leading global energy strategy for protection of the global environment by efficient utilization of energy through his advocacy of the concept of the "soft energy path" and invention of the Hypercar
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2006
(15th)
Dr. Akira Miyawaki Dr. Akira Miyawaki (Japan 1928- )
Director, Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE)
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For establishing a theory to restore and to reconstruct forests based on the concept of "Potential natural vegetation" and by implementing the theory succeeded in reconstructing disaster-preventing environment-conserving forests and tropical forests, contributed in restoring the green on earth
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Dr. Emil Salim Dr. Emil Salim (Indonesia 1930- )
Professor, Faculty of Economics and Post Graduate Course, University of Indonesia
Former Minister of Population and Environment, Republic of Indonesia
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For contributing in establishing the concept of sustainable development and furthering global environmental policies through various United Nations' committees especially as the chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
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2005
(14th)
Prof. Sir Nicholas Shackleton Prof. Sir Nicholas Shackleton (UK 1937-2006)
Emeritus Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Former Head of Godwin Laboratory for Quaternary Research
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For contributions to palaeoclimatology, particularly in identifying the glacial - interglacial climatic cycles and identifying the role of carbon dioxide as well as changes in the Earth's orbit in causing them; this aids us in better predicting future climate change
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Dr. Gordon Hisashi Sato Dr. Gordon Hisashi Sato (USA 1927- )
Director Emeritus, W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center. Inc.
Chairman of the Board, A&G Pharmaceutical, Inc.
President, Manzanar Project Corporation
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For developing a new mangrove planting technology in Eritrea and through its utilization thus showing the possibility of building a sustainable local community in the poorest area of the world
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2004
(13th)
Dr. Susan Solomon Dr. Susan Solomon (USA 1956- )
Senior Scientist, Aeronomy Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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For pioneering work in identifying the mechanism that produces the Antarctic ozone hole and momentous contributions towards the protection of the ozone layer
> For More Details PDF(730KB)
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway 1939- )
Chairman WCED (World Commission on Environment and Development)
Former Prime Minister of Norway
Director-General Emeritus, WHO
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For putting forward globally the innovative concept of sustainable development, an idea that aims to balance environmental conservation with economic growth
> For More Details PDF(730KB)
2003
(12th)
(left)Dr. Gene E. Likens / (right)Dr. F. Herbert Bormann Dr. Gene E. Likens (USA 1935- )
President adn Director, Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Dr. F. Herbert Bormann (USA 1922-2012) (right)
Oastler Professor of Ecosystem Ecology, Emeritus, Yale University
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For pioneering an approach that has become a model for the scientific world, and for the comprehensive understanding of ecosystems through long-term measurement of the flows of water and chemical substances in watersheds.
> For More Details PDF(610KB)
Dr. Vo Quy Dr. Vo Quy (Vietnam 1929- )
Professor, Center for Natural Resouces Management and Environmental Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
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For investigating the war-damaged forests of Vietnam and for the dedication to its restoration and conservation, as well as for the development of environmental laws and the contributions to the conservation of wildlife.
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2002
(11th)
Dr. Harold A. Mooney Professor Harold A. Mooney (USA 1932- )
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
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For pioneering work in the field of plant physiological ecology, for providing objective measures of how plant ecologies are influenced by their environments, and for his conservation efforts.
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Prof. J. Gustave Speth Prof. J. Gustave Speth (USA 1942- )
Dean and Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
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For a lifetime of creative and visionary ledarship in the search for science-based solutions to global environmental problems and for pioneering efforts to bring these issues, including global climate change, to broad international attention.
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2001
(10th)
Lord (Robert) May of Oxford Lord (Robert) May of Oxford (Australia 1938- )
President of Royal Society of London
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For developing mathematical ecology, the means to predict changes in animal populations that serves as a fundamental tool for ecological conservation planning.
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Dr. Norman Myers Dr. Norman Myers (UK 1934- )
Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford University
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For ongoing leadership in warning about new environmental problems, such as the mass extinction of species, and stating the criteria for a society that attaches importance to environmental conservation
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2000
(9th)
Dr. Theo Colborn Dr. Theo Colborn (USA 1927- )
Senior Scientist and Director, Wildlife and Contaminants Program, World Wildlife Fund
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For systematic research revealing the risk that "endocrine disruptors" pose to humans and wildlife and for warning about the threat of these synthetic chemicals
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Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt (Sweden 1947- )
Chairman of The Natural Step (NGO)
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For scientifically formulating the principles and theoretical framework required to establish a sustainable society and for enhancing the environmental awareness of business, municipalities and others
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1999
(8th)
Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich (USA 1932- )
Director of the Center of Conservation Biology, Stanford University
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For co-funding the new science of conservation biology, for co-authoring the theory of co-evolution and for promoting environmental conservation by warning of a population explosion
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Prof. Qu Geping Prof. Qu Geping (China 1930- )
Chairman of the Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of the National People’s Congress of China
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For establishing the legal framework for environmental protection in China based on scientific research and for his conservation efforts throughout that vast country
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1998
(7th)
Prof. Mikhail I. Budyko Prof. Mikhail I. Budyko (Russia 1920-2001)
Head of the Division for Climate Change Research, State Hydrological Institute
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For founding the field of physical climatology, the quantitative analysis of climate change, and making early predictions of global warming
> For More Details PDF(560KB)
デイビッド・R・ブラウワー氏 Mr. David R. Brower (USA 1912-2000)
Chairman of the Earth Island Institute
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For pioneering in environmental activism, educating the general public about the science of environmental conservation and setting an important precedent of international environmental non-profit organizations
> For More Details PDF(560KB)
1997
(6th)
Dr. James E. Lovelock Dr. James E. Lovelock (UK 1919- )
Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford University
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For Pioneering the detection and measurement of trace substances in the atmosphere in addition to formulating the Gaia Hypothesis of earth science, which has helped stimulate interest in the environment
> For More Details PDF(510KB)
コンサベーション・インターナショナル Conservation International (CI) (Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA 1987- ) PDF
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For Protecting the earth's biological diversity through research into ways to conserve ecosystems while improving the lives of local people
> For More Details PDF(510KB)
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1996
(5th)
Dr. Wallace S. Broecker Dr. Wallace S. Broecker (USA 1931- )
Newberry Professor of Geology, Lamont-Doherty Earth observatory of Columbia University
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For the discovery of the global ocean current known as the "great conveyor belt"and other pioneering research into global ocean currents, ocean chemical cycles, especially the carbon cycle, and the ocean's influence on global climate changes
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M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (Founded in India 1988- ) PDF
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For leading the way toward the realization of sustainable agriculture and rural development through research into soil improvement and genetic engineering of plant species and the application of these findings
> For More Details PDF(540KB)
1995
(4th)
Dr. Bert Bolin Dr. Bert Bolin (Sweden 1925-2007)
Professor Emeritus at the University of Stockholm
Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC)
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For pioneering research into the carbon cycle, which affects the oceans, the atmosphere,and ecosystems, and major contributions to worldwide climate policy formation
> For More Details PDF(490KB)
Mr. Maurice F. Strong Mr. Maurice F. Strong (Canada 1929- )
Chairman of the Earth Council
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For international leadership in conceptualizing sustainable development and forming global-scale implementation strategies based on findings of scientific research into environmental problems
> For More Details PDF(490KB)
1994
(3rd)
オイゲン・サイボルト博士 Prof. Dr. Eugen Seibold (Germany 1918-2013)
Professor Emeritus at the University of Kiel
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Major contributions to the understanding of global environmental problems through research in the field of marine geology, including the analysis of ocean sediments, the study of the exchange of carbon dioxide between the oceans and the atmosphere, and predictions of regional desertification
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Mr. Lester R. Brown Mr. Lester R. Brown (USA 1934-)
Founder and President of the Worldwatch Institute
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Formulation of solutions to global environmental problems based on scientific analysis and contributions to international awareness of food shortages, sustainable energy resources, and the need for an "environmental revolution"
> For More Details PDF(390KB)
1993
(2nd)
Dr. Charles D. Keeling Dr. Charles D. Keeling (USA 1928-2005)
Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego
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Many years of research into atmospheric and oceanic carbon dioxide levels and their precise measurement and analysis, yielding a vast body of data on global warming
> For More Details PDF(1MB)
IUCN-The World Conservation Union IUCN-The World Conservation Union (Headquartered in Switzerland 1948- ) PDF
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Outstanding research and the application of scientific strategies to the conservation of natural resources and the promotion of biological diversity on an international scale
> For More Details PDF(1MB)
1992
(1st)
Dr. Syukuro Manabe Dr. Syukuro Manabe (USA 1931- )
Member of the Senior Executive Service of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Pioneering research for predicting climate change by numerical models and quantifying the effects of greenhouse gases
> For More Details PDF(740KB)
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (Founded in the UK 1971- ) PDF
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Pioneering scientific research and implementation activities for the realization of sustainable development in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, energy and urban planning
> For More Details PDF(740KB)