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Information on past Blue Planet Prize laureates corresponds to their titles and positions at the time Prize was awarded.

26th2017

Prof. Hans J. Schellnhuber

germany

Founder and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Prof. Hans J. Schellnhuber

Prize-Winning Achievements

Prof. Schellnhuber heads the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He is also the founder of the Institute. He has helped establish a new field of science, “Earth System Analysis,” which uses mathematical models to integrate interdisciplinary resources into providing a planet-wide view. His activities eventually created a torrent of measures against global warming worldwide, resulting in the 2-degree guardrail agreed upon by more than 190 countries at the UN climate summit COP21 in 2015. Prof. Schellnhuber and the PIK have played a central role in this field for many years.
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Prof. Gretchen C. Daily

USA

Bing Professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Biology, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology, and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute, at Stanford University, Co-Founder and Faculty Director of the Natural Capital Project

Prof. Gretchen C. Daily

Prize-Winning Achievements

Prof. Daily has studied the effects of human activities on the biosphere, based on field work of many years. She has played the major role in the creation and development of a new interdisciplinary field of environmental science called “Countryside Biogeography.” She is making significant contributions to our understanding of biodiversity, by predicting various species’ likelihood of surviving human impacts and analyzing the future of ecosystems and the implications for human well-being, especially from the standpoint of agricultural land use. She has incorporated environmental issues into business practices and public policies in worldwide.
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25th2016

Mr. Pavan Sukhdev

india

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Environmental Economist (UNEP Goodwill Ambassador)

Mr. Pavan Sukhdev

Prize-Winning Achievements

Nature is not free!
Mr. Shukhdev has devoted himself to the promotion of a system of environmental accounting, a system, in which puts a price on nature, and thus helps to understand the value of nature. In addition, he has proposed concrete steps to realize sustainable use of natural resources through the introduction of environmental accounting intro governmental and corporate actions.


Prof. Markus Borner

swiss

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Zoologist (Honorary Professor of University of Glasgow)

Prof. Markus Borner

Prize-Winning Achievements

Africa, animals, and people
Professor Borner worked at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa to protect endangered wildlife and protected-area ecosystem over the past 40 years. He also insisted the importance of comprehensive and coordinated efforts for the conservation of entire ecosystems, which requires the contributions and commitment of people to the conservation of their ecosystem.


24th2015

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS

uk

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Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS

Prize-Winning Achievements

What is Real Wealth?
Professor Dasgupta clarified impacts of the natural environment on human well-being in his research in economics, and found a strong correlation between poverty and the depletion of natural resources. In addition, Professor Dasgupta developed the inclusive wealth index (IWI) measuring national wealth in order to evaluate the progress of sustainable development. Findings from measurement with the IWI drew significant attention around the world.

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Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

USA

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Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Prize-Winning Achievements

We Can Eliminate Poverty!
Professor Sachs has contributed to solving the extreme poverty in the world with a unique approach called “Clinical Economics.” He proposed concrete measures, which can help solve global issues and realize a fair, sustainable world.

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23rd2014

Prof. Herman Daly

USA

Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Prof. Herman Daly

Prize-Winning Achievements

Prof. Daly laid the foundations for ecological economics, which supports the principle of sustainability by incorporating elements of natural resources, local communities, quality of life and ethics into economics.


Prof. Daniel H. Janzen

USA

Professor, Department of biology, University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Daniel H. Janzen

Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

uk

Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


22nd2013

Dr. Taroh Matsuno

USA

Principal Scientist, Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Dr. Taroh Matsuno

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


Professor Daniel Sperling

USA

Professor, University of California, Davis

Professor Daniel Sperling

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


21st2012

Professor William E. Rees

USA

Professor, University of British Columbia, FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada)

Professor William E. Rees

Dr. Mathis Wackernagel

USA

President, Global Footprint Network

Dr. Mathis Wackernagel

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy

USA

Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


20th2011

Dr. Jane Lubchenco

USA

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


Barefoot College

india

Barefoot College

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


19th2010

Dr. James Hansen

USA

Director at Goddard Institute for Space Studies ( NASA )
Adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University

Dr. James Hansen

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


Dr. Robert Watson

USA

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

Dr. Robert Watson

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


18th2009

Professor Hirofumi Uzawa

USA

Member of The Japan Academy, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

Professor Hirofumi Uzawa

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


Lord (Nicholas) Stern of Brentford

USA

Professor, The London School of Economics

Lord (Nicholas) Stern of Brentford

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


17th2008

Dr. Claude Lorius

USA

Director Emeritus of Research, CNRS
Member of the French Academy of Sciences

Dr. Claude Lorius

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


Professor José Goldemberg

USA

Professor, Institute of Electrotechnics and Energy, University of São Paulo
Former Rector, University of São Paulo

Professor José Goldemberg

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


16th2007

Professor Joseph L. Sax

USA

Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

Professor Joseph L. Sax

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


Dr. Amory B. Lovins

USA

Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Dr. Amory B. Lovins

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


15th2006

Dr. Akira Miyawaki

japan

Director, Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE)

Dr. Akira Miyawaki

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


Dr. Emil Salim

USA

Professor, Faculty of Economics and Post Graduate Course, University of Indonesia
Former Minister of Population and Environment, Republic of Indonesia

Dr. Emil Salim

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


14th2005

Prof. Sir Nicholas Shackleton

USA

Emeritus Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Former Head of Godwin Laboratory for Quaternary Research

Prof. Sir Nicholas Shackleton

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


Dr. Gordon Hisashi Sato

USA

Director Emeritus, W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center. Inc.
Chairman of the Board, A&G Pharmaceutical, Inc.
President, Manzanar Project Corporation

Dr. Gordon Hisashi Sato

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


13th2004

Dr. Susan Solomon

USA

Senior Scientist, Aeronomy Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Susan Solomon

Prize-Winning Achievements

For pioneering work in identifying the mechanism that produces the Antarctic ozone hole and momentous contributions towards the protection of the ozone layer


Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

USA

Chairman WCED (World Commission on Environment and Development)
Former Prime Minister of Norway
Director-General Emeritus, WHO

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

Prize-Winning Achievements

For putting forward globally the innovative concept of sustainable development, an idea that aims to balance environmental conservation with economic growth


12th2003

Dr. Gene E. Likens

USA

President adn Director, Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Dr. Gene E. Likens

Dr. F. Herbert Bormann

USA

Oastler Professor of Ecosystem Ecology, Emeritus, Yale University

Dr. F. Herbert Bormann

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


Dr. Vo Quy

USA

Professor, Center for Natural Resouces Management and Environmental Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Dr. Vo Quy

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


11th2002

Professor Harold A. Mooney

USA

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University

Professor Harold A. Mooney

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


Prof. J. Gustave Speth

USA

Dean and Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Prof. J. Gustave Speth

Prize-Winning Achievements

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.


10th2001

Lord (Robert) May of Oxford

USA

President of Royal Society of London

Lord (Robert) May of Oxford

Prize-Winning Achievements

For developing mathematical ecology, the means to predict changes in animal populations that serves as a fundamental tool for ecological conservation planning.


Dr. Norman Myers

USA

Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford University

Dr. Norman Myers

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


9th2000

Dr. Theo Colborn

USA

Senior Scientist and Director, Wildlife and Contaminants Program, World Wildlife Fund

Dr. Theo Colborn

Prize-Winning Achievements

For systematic research revealing the risk that "endocrine disruptors" pose to humans and wildlife and for warning about the threat of these synthetic chemicals


Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt

USA

Chairman of The Natural Step (NGO)

Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


8th1999

Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich

USA

Director of the Center of Conservation Biology, Stanford University

Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


Prof. Qu Geping

USA

Chairman of the Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of the National People’s Congress of China

Prof. Qu Geping

Prize-Winning Achievements

For establishing the legal framework for environmental protection in China based on scientific research and for his conservation efforts throughout that vast country


7th1998

Prof. Mikhail I. Budyko

USA

Head of the Division for Climate Change Research, State Hydrological Institute

Prof. Mikhail I. Budyko

Prize-Winning Achievements

For founding the field of physical climatology, the quantitative analysis of climate change, and making early predictions of global warming


Mr. David R. Brower

USA

Chairman of the Earth Island Institute

Mr. David R. Brower

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


6th1997

Dr. James E. Lovelock

USA

Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford University

Dr. James E. Lovelock

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


Conservation International (CI)

USA

Conservation International (CI)

Prize-Winning Achievements

For Protecting the earth's biological diversity through research into ways to conserve ecosystems while improving the lives of local people


5th1996

Dr. Wallace S. Broecker

USA

Newberry Professor of Geology, Lamont-Doherty Earth observatory of Columbia University

Dr. Wallace S. Broecker

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

USA

M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


4th1995

Dr. Bert Bolin

USA

Professor Emeritus at the University of Stockholm
Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC)

Dr. Bert Bolin

Prize-Winning Achievements

For pioneering research into the carbon cycle, which affects the oceans, the atmosphere,and ecosystems, and major contributions to worldwide climate policy formation


Mr. Maurice F. Strong

USA

Chairman of the Earth Council

Mr. Maurice F. Strong

Prize-Winning Achievements

For international leadership in conceptualizing sustainable development and forming global-scale implementation strategies based on findings of scientific research into environmental problems


3rd1994

Prof. Dr. Eugen Seibold

germany

Professor Emeritus at the University of Kiel

Prof. Dr. Eugen Seibold

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


Mr. Lester R. Brown

USA

Founder and President of the Worldwatch Institute

Mr. Lester R. Brown

Prize-Winning Achievements

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"


2nd1993

Dr. Charles D. Keeling

USA

Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego

Dr. Charles D. Keeling

Prize-Winning Achievements

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


IUCN-The World Conservation Union

USA

IUCN-The World Conservation Union

Prize-Winning Achievements

Outstanding research and the application of scientific strategies to the conservation of natural resources and the promotion of biological diversity on an international scale


1st1992

Dr. Syukuro Manabe

USA

Member of the Senior Executive Service of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Syukuro Manabe

Prize-Winning Achievements

Pioneering research for predicting climate change by numerical models and quantifying the effects of greenhouse gases


International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

uk

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Prize-Winning Achievements

Pioneering scientific research and implementation activities for the realization of sustainable development in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, energy and urban planning

Natural Resources & Energy
Sustainable Development (SD)
Environment and Economy
Community building & Local community
Chemicals management
Environmental education & communication
International cooperation
Biodiversity
Forests & Plants
Animals
Oceans
Rivers / Lakes
Developing countries
Industry and Environment
Global warming
Water environment
Atmospheric environment
Cities and Environment
Waste & Recycle
Ozon layer depletion
Environment and Law
Environmental policy
Foods
Population
Environmental monitoring and analysis technologies
Poverty