Information on past Blue Planet Prize laureates corresponds to their titles and positions at the time Prize was awarded.
Founder and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Prof. Hans J. Schellnhuber
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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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
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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Environmental Economist (UNEP Goodwill Ambassador)
Mr. Pavan Sukhdev
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.
Zoologist (Honorary Professor of University of Glasgow)
Prof. Markus Borner
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.
Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS
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.
Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs
Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Prof. Herman Daly
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.
Professor, Department of biology, University of Pennsylvania
Prof. Daniel H. Janzen
Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)
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.
Principal Scientist, Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Dr. Taroh Matsuno
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, University of California, Davis
Professor Daniel Sperling
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.
Professor, University of British Columbia, FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada)
Professor William E. Rees
President, Global Footprint Network
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel
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.
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy
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.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Dr. Jane Lubchenco
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.
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.
Director at Goddard Institute for Space Studies ( NASA )
Adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University
Dr. James Hansen
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.
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
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.
Member of The Japan Academy, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Professor Hirofumi Uzawa
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.
Professor, The London School of Economics
Lord (Nicholas) Stern of Brentford
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.
Director Emeritus of Research, CNRS
Member of the French Academy of Sciences
Dr. Claude Lorius
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, Institute of Electrotechnics and Energy, University of São Paulo
Former Rector, University of São Paulo
Professor José Goldemberg
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
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Joseph L. Sax
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
Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Dr. Amory B. Lovins
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
Director, Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE)
Dr. Akira Miyawaki
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
Professor, Faculty of Economics and Post Graduate Course, University of Indonesia
Former Minister of Population and Environment, Republic of Indonesia
Dr. Emil Salim
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
Emeritus Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Former Head of Godwin Laboratory for Quaternary Research
Prof. Sir Nicholas Shackleton
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
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
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
Senior Scientist, Aeronomy Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Dr. Susan Solomon
For pioneering work in identifying the mechanism that produces the Antarctic ozone hole and momentous contributions towards the protection of the ozone layer
Chairman WCED (World Commission on Environment and Development)
Former Prime Minister of Norway
Director-General Emeritus, WHO
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland
For putting forward globally the innovative concept of sustainable development, an idea that aims to balance environmental conservation with economic growth
President adn Director, Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Dr. Gene E. Likens
Oastler Professor of Ecosystem Ecology, Emeritus, Yale University
Dr. F. Herbert Bormann
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.
Professor, Center for Natural Resouces Management and Environmental Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Dr. Vo Quy
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.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
Professor Harold A. Mooney
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.
Dean and Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
Prof. J. Gustave Speth
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.
President of Royal Society of London
Lord (Robert) May of Oxford
For developing mathematical ecology, the means to predict changes in animal populations that serves as a fundamental tool for ecological conservation planning.
Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford University
Dr. Norman Myers
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
Senior Scientist and Director, Wildlife and Contaminants Program, World Wildlife Fund
Dr. Theo Colborn
For systematic research revealing the risk that "endocrine disruptors" pose to humans and wildlife and for warning about the threat of these synthetic chemicals
Chairman of The Natural Step (NGO)
Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt
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
Director of the Center of Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich
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
Chairman of the Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of the National People’s Congress of China
Prof. Qu Geping
For establishing the legal framework for environmental protection in China based on scientific research and for his conservation efforts throughout that vast country
Head of the Division for Climate Change Research, State Hydrological Institute
Prof. Mikhail I. Budyko
For founding the field of physical climatology, the quantitative analysis of climate change, and making early predictions of global warming
Chairman of the Earth Island Institute
Mr. David R. Brower
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
Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford University
Dr. James E. Lovelock
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)
For Protecting the earth's biological diversity through research into ways to conserve ecosystems while improving the lives of local people
Newberry Professor of Geology, Lamont-Doherty Earth observatory of Columbia University
Dr. Wallace S. Broecker
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
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
Professor Emeritus at the University of Stockholm
Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC)
Dr. Bert Bolin
For pioneering research into the carbon cycle, which affects the oceans, the atmosphere,and ecosystems, and major contributions to worldwide climate policy formation
Chairman of the Earth Council
Mr. Maurice F. Strong
For international leadership in conceptualizing sustainable development and forming global-scale implementation strategies based on findings of scientific research into environmental problems
Professor Emeritus at the University of Kiel
Prof. Dr. Eugen Seibold
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
Founder and President of the Worldwatch Institute
Mr. Lester R. Brown
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"
Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego
Dr. Charles D. Keeling
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
Outstanding research and the application of scientific strategies to the conservation of natural resources and the promotion of biological diversity on an international scale
Member of the Senior Executive Service of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Dr. Syukuro Manabe
Pioneering research for predicting climate change by numerical models and quantifying the effects of greenhouse gases
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Pioneering scientific research and implementation activities for the realization of sustainable development in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, energy and urban planning