Prof.KamaljitBawa, one of the editors of Ecology, Economy and Society- TheINSEE Journal,has been awarded the prestigious Linnean Medal in Botany by the Linnean Society of London at its annual meeting on 24th May 2018.
He is currentlyPresident, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
The Linnean Medal is awarded by the Linnean Society of London to a biologist for service to science. The Society has been awarding the Linnean Medal every year since 1888. Dr KamaljitBawa is the first Indian to receive the medal in its 140-year old history.
Dr Bawa was recognised for his pioneering research on the evolution of tropical plants, tropical deforestation, non-timber forest products, and for decades of work on the biodiversity of forests in Central America, the Western Ghats and the Eastern Himalaya. Also cited were Dr Bawa’s efforts to establish a world-class environmental centre, ATREE, in Bengaluru, the journal Conservation and Society and the India Biodiversity Portal.
The Linnean Society, named after the famous Swedish biologist Carl Linnaeus, who gave us a system of naming plants and animals, was established in 1788 and is among the oldest academic societies of the world.