Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Dennis L. Meadows

Dr. Dennis L. Meadows

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    7 June 1942

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2009 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Transformation towards a Sustainable Society in Harmony with Nature
  • Achievement:
    Contribution towards a sustainable world as founded in the 1972 Report titled The Limits to Growth
  • Lecture:
    Learning to Live Within Limits

Major Honors and Awards

1975 Prize for the Protection of Nature of the Bavarian Society of Nature Protection
1988-1994 Honorary Ph.D.s in Economics, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Education
1999 Pangea Foundation Award for Contributions to the Solution of Humanity's Problems, Prague, Czech Republic
2005 Elected Honorary Professor of the Moscow State University
2005 International Environmental Communication Award, European Nature Fund
2006 Hungarian Presidential Medal of Honor
2006 Peace Prize of the German Committee for UNESCO

Academic Degrees

1964 B.A. in Chemistry, Carleton College
1969 Ph.D. in Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Career

1963-1964 Research Chemist, US Atomic Energy Commission
1969-1972 Assistant Professor of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1972-1988 Associate and Full Professor in Business and Engineering and Director,
Resource Policy Center, Dartmouth College
1988-2004 Professor of Systems Policy and Director, Institute for Policy and Social Research,
University of New Hampshire
2003-present President, Laboratory for Interactive Learning


  • Professor Emeritus of Systems Policy, University of New Hampshire President,Laboratory for Interactive Learning

Major Books

  • Dynamics of Commodity Production Cycles (1970)
  • The Limits to Growth (1972)
  • Dynamics of Growth in a Finite World (1974)
  • Toward Global Equilibrium (1976)
  • Alternatives to Growth (1976)
  • Beyond the Limits (1992)
  • Creating High Performance Teams (1997)
  • System Thinking Playbook (2001)
  • Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update (2004)
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