The NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual or group of individuals in recognition of their exceptionally meritorious contribution to science and the environment. The award honors those who have made a significant impact to our community through research, education, diplomacy, and/or innovative technologies. Past recipients include prime ministers, distinguished professors, and renowned scientists. View the full list of past recipients.
2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 2020 Annual Conference on January 7.
Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University
Dr. Michael M. Crow is an educator, knowledge enterprise architect, science and technology policy scholar, and higher education leader. He became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University in July 2002 and has spearheaded ASU’s rapid and groundbreaking transformative evolution into one of the world’s best public metropolitan research universities. As a model “New American University,” ASU simultaneously demonstrates comprehensive excellence, inclusivity representative of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the United States, and consequential societal impact.
Lauded as the ”#1 most innovative” school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, ASU is a student-centric, technology-enabled university focused on complex global challenges related to sustainability, economic competitiveness, social embeddedness, entrepreneurship, and global engagement. Under Dr. Crow’s leadership, ASU has established twenty-four new transdisciplinary schools, including the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and launched trailblazing multidisciplinary initiatives including the Biodesign Institute, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and important initiatives in the humanities and social sciences.
Paul Hawken, Founder and Writer, Project Drawdown
|2018||Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030
Robert B. Semple, Jr, Associate Editor of the Editorial Page, the New York Times
|2017||Dr. Philip Landrigan, Dean for Global Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
|2016||Rita Colwell, Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland and Former Director, NSF
Veerabhadran “Ram” Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
|2015||Stephen Hubbell, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Tom Tidwell, Deputy Regional Forester for Fire and Aviation Management, Recreation, Engineering, State and Private Forestry
Co-founders, U.S. Global Change Research Program:
|2013||Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator, NOAA|
|2012||Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Director-General, World Health Organization|
|2011||Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-residence, National Geographic; Founder, Mission Blue; Chairman & CEO, Sylvia Earle Alliance|
|2010||Herman E. Daly, Vanderbilt University, LSU’s Distinguished Research Master Award Recipient|
|2009||George Rabb, President Emeritus, Chicago Zoological Society
Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
|2008||Robert W. Corell, Global Change Director, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment|
|2007||Theo Colborn, President, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
Herbert Needleman, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
|2006||Russell Train, Chairman Emeritus, World Wildlife Fund; First Chair, Council on Environmental Quality; Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency|
|2005||William D. Ruckelshaus, First and Fifth Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency|
|2004||Ruth Patrick, Francis Boyer Chair of Limnology, Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia; Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania
M. Gordon “Reds” Wolman, B. Howell Griswold Jr. Professor of Geography and International Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University
|2003||Honorable Gaylord Nelson, Former Governor of Wisconsin and U.S. Senator (Ret.); Founder of Earth Day, Counselor of The Wilderness Society|
|2001||Maurice F. Strong, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General|