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Madhav Gadgil wins Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement

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Renowned ecologist Madhav Gadgil has been chosen for the prestigious 2015 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. 

Points to remember: 

  • Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement instituted in 1973, is awarded by the international Tyler Prize Executive Committee with the administrative support of the University of Southern California.
  • Madhav gadgil will share the $200,000 cash prize with noted American marine ecologist Dr. Jane Lubchenco for their work in changing policy and specifically for their “leadership and engagement in the development of conservation and sustainability policies in the United States, India and internationally
  • Both winners will receive the prize and a gold medallion at a private ceremony in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles on April 24.
  •  The day before, Dr. Lubchenco and Dr. Gadgil will deliver public lectures on their work at The Forum at the University of Southern California.

About Madhav Gadgil:

  • Madhav Gadgil is an Indian ecologist.
  • Dr. Gadgil’s contributed to the crafting of India’s National Biodiversity Act, 2002.
  • Prof. Gadgil, who was Chairman of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP).
  • Prof. Gadgil was a member of
    •  the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India from 1986–90
    • chaired the Science and Technology Advisory Panel of Global Environment Facility from 1998-2002
  • He is a Fellow of
    •  the Indian Academy of Sciences,
    • Indian National Science Academy,
    • Third World Academy of Sciences,
    • a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
    •  an honorary member of the British Ecological Society and Ecological Society of America.
  • He was conferred Padmashri and Padma Bhushan by the President of India and the Rajyotsava Award by the Government of Karnataka.