Laureates of the Japan Prize


Prof. John H. Lawton

2004 Japan Prize Laureate

Science and Technology for Conservation of Biodiversity
Observational, experimental and theoretical achievements for the scientific understanding and conservation of biodiversity
Commemorative Lecture
biodiversity, conservation and sustainability
Nationality: UK
Date of Birth: September 24 1943
Academic Degrees:
1965 B.A. (Zoology), University of Durham, United Kingdom
1969 Ph. D. (Zoology), University of Durham, United Kingdom
Professional Career:
1968-71 Demonstrator in Animal Ecology, Department of Zoology,Oxford University
1971-78 Lecturer, University of York
1978-82 Senior Lecturer, University of York
1982-85 Reader, University of York
1985-89 Professor, University of York
1989-99 Director,NERC Centre for Population Biology and Professor of Community Ecology, Imperial College of Science,Technology and Medicine, London
1998 Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York
1999 Honorary Visiting Professor, Imperial College, Silwood Park
1999- present Chief Executive, Natural Environment Research Council
Title: Chief Executive, Natural Environment Research Council
Major Books and Papers:
  1. Editor, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, 1971-1978
  2. Editor, Ecological Entomology, 1979-1988
  3. Other Previous editorial Board membership: Animal Conservation, Ecological Entomology Journal of animal Ecology, Oecologia Oikos.
  4. Member, International Editorial Board, Encyclopaedia of Biodiversity, Academic Press
  5. Senior Editor, (jointly with Professor G. Likens). Methods in Ecology (Blackwell Science) 1989-continuing
  6. International Advisory Board, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment (ESA) 2000-continuing
  7. Strong, D.R. Lawton,J.H. Southwood, T.R.E., Insects on Plants: Community Patterns& Mechanisms, Blackwell, Oxford.293pp (1984).
  8. Chaloner, W.G. Harper, J.L. Lawton, J.H., The Evolutionary Interactions of Animals and Plants, The Royal Society, London 288pp (Editor,1991).
  9. Jones, C.G., Lawton,J.H., Linking Species and Ecosystems. Chapman and Hall, New York.387pp (Editors, 1995)
  10. Lawton, J.H., May, R.M., Extinction Rates. Oxford Univ. Press , Oxford. 233pp (Editors, 1995). 11. Lawton, J.H., Community Ecology in a Changing World. Excellence in Ecology
  11. 11. Ecology Institute, Oldendorf / Luhe (2000).
Major Awards Received:
  • Awarded the first President's Gold Medal of the British Ecological Society (1987)
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London (1989)
  • Honorary D. Sc. University of Lancaster (1993)
  • Elected Member of European Environmental Research Organisation (1996)
  • ECI Prize Winner in the field of Terrestrial Ecology (1996)
  • Marsh Award for Ecology (1996)
  • CBE in The Queens Birthday Honours List (1997)
  • Distinguished Statistical Ecologist Award,INTECOL (1998)
  • Kempe Award for Distinguished Ecologist, Sweden (1998)
  • Institute of Zoology frink Medal (1998)
  • Honorary Fellow,Royal Entomological Society (2001)
  • Leader of the EU BIODEPTH Project,selected as the winner of the Earth Science Section Nominations for the Descartes Prize (2001)
  • Society for Conservation Biology La Roe Award (2002)
Major Honors, Memberships in Scientific Societies:
  • Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Natural History Museum, London
  • Vice President, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Vice President, British Trust for Ornithology
  • Trustee, WWF UK, and Chair of Programme Committee
  • Member, Salters Nuffield Biology Advisory Panel
  • Member, Royal Society of London's International Policy Committee

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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