Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Peter Shaw Ashton

Dr. Peter Shaw Ashton

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    27 June 1934

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2007 Japan Prize

Awards and honors

1987 Environmental Merit Award, USA Environmental Protection Agency For outstanding contributions to conservation; for work as Director of the Arnold Arboretum and the quality and restoration of the collection; and for research in future sustainment of tropical rain forests
1997 Recipient of UNESCO's fourth Sultan Quaboos Prize for environmental preservation for 1997 for research, management, and conservation of rain forests, shared with a team of four researchers: two from Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka, and one from Yale University, for work in Sinharaja forest, Sri Lanka
2001 Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Academic Degrees

1956 B.A., Cambridge University
1960 M.A., Cambridge University
1962 Ph.D., Cambridge University

Professional Career

1957-1962 Forest Botanist to the Brunei Government
1962-1966 Forest Botanist to the Sarawak Government
1966-1972 Lecturer, Aberdeen University
1972-1978 Senior Lecturer in botany, Aberdeen University
1978-1987 Director, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; and Arnold Professor of Botany, Harvard University
1978-1991 Professor of Dendrology, Harvard University
1990-2000 Faculty Fellow, Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University
1991-1999 Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry, Harvard University
1998-Present Faculty Fellow, Center for International Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
1999-2004 Charles Bullard Research Professor of Forestry, Harvard University
2004-Present Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry, emeritus Harvard University


  • Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry

Major Publications

  • Ashton, P.S. Speciation among tropical forest trees: some deductions in the light of recent evidence. Biol.J.Linn.Soc.1: 155-196. 1969
  • Ashton, P.S. Dipterocarpaceae. Fl. Males. 1 (9): 237-552. 1982.
  • Ashton, P.S., Givnish, T.J. and Appanah, S. Staggered flowering in the Dipterocarpaceae: New insights into floral induction and the evolution of mast fruiting in the aseasonal tropics. Amer. Naturalist 132: 44-66. 1988.
  • Potts, M.D., Ashton, P.S., Kaufman, L.S. and Plotkin, J.B. Habitat patterns in tropical rain forests: a comparison of 105 plots in northwest Borneo. Ecology 83: 2782-2797. 2002.
  • R Condit, P Ashton, S Bunyavejchewin, H. S. Dattaraja, S Davies, S Esufali, C Ewango, R Foster, I. A. U. N. Gunatilleke, C. V. S. Gunatilleke, P Hall, K E. Harms, T Hart, C Hernandez, S Hubbell, A Itoh, S Kiratiprayoon, J LaFrankie, S L de Lao, J-R Makana, Md. Nur Supardi Noor, A R Kassim, S Russo, R Sukumar, C Samper, H S. Suresh, S Tan, S Thomas, R Valencia, M Vallejo, G Villa, T Zillio. The Importance of Demographic Niches to Tree Diversity. Science Vol. 313, pp. 98-101. 2006.
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