Indian ecologist Madhav Gadgil and US Scientist Dr. Jane Lubchenco were on 23 March 2015 named for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2015.
They were named for the award for their leadership and engagement in the development of conservation and sustainability policies in the United States, India and internationally.
As the winners of the Tyler Prize, Lubchenco and Gadgil will share the 200000 US Dollar cash prize and each will receive a gold medallion at a private ceremony in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles on 24 April 2015.
Madhav Gadgil became the second Indian to receive the award after MS Swaminathan in 1991. He received the award to help dramatically improve crop yields in India.
Ecologist Madhav Gadgil was the Chairman of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP). He was awarded for his landmark report on the preservation of the unique ecosystem of the Western Ghats and the inclusion of local committees.
Dr. Lubchenco is a distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University. She was awarded for her dedication to raising awareness of the importance of the ocean and the need to protect ocean ecosystems, notably during her tenure from 2009 to 2013 as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
She was recently named first-ever U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean by the United States Department of State.
About the Tyler Prize
The Tyler prize was instituted in 1973. It is awarded by the International Tyler Prize Executive Committee with the administrative support of the University of Southern California.
It honours exceptional foresight and dedication in the environmental sciences and policy--qualities that mirror the prescience of the Prize's founders, John and Alice Tyler.
When: 23 March 2015