Leading Botanist and Conservation Advocate Peter Raven to Speak at UH Manoa

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Nov 19, 2003

WHO: Peter Raven is director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and one of the world‘s leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity

WHAT: Lecture and presentation entitled "A Sustainable World: What Will it Take to Achieve?" - question and answer session will follow.

WHEN: Friday, November 21, 2003
7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Campus Center Ballroom, UH Mānoa

COST: Free and open to the public

Media are welcome and encouraged to attend

Peter H. Raven described by Time magazine as a "Hero of the Planet," is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation, biodiversity and sustainable environments. As director of the renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, Raven has successfully built a world-class center for botanical research, education, and horticulture display. Under Raven‘s leadership, the Missouri Botanical Garden has become the authority in botanical research in Latin America, Africa, and Asia as well as North America where more than 100,000 students participate in the Garden‘s education program and 750,000 visitors tour the Garden annually.

Raven holds the distinguished Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis in addition to being chairman of the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration; chair of the Division of Earth and Life Studies of the National Research Council, and president-elect of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He is also past president and chairman of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest organization of professional scientists in the world.

Raven served as a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology during the Clinton administration and in 2001 and he was presented with the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in this country. In recognition of his work in science and conservation, Raven is the recipient of numerous other prizes and awards, including the prestigious International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan. He has also held Guggenheim and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowships.