Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Prof. Rattan Lal

Rattan Lal, Ph.D.

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  • Date of Birth:
    5 September 1944

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2019 Japan Prize

Award and Honor

1998 Hugh Hammond Bennett Award, Soil and Water Conservation Society
2005 Carl Sprengel Agronomic Research Award, American Society of Agronomy
2005 Norman Borlaug Award, IARI, New Delhi, India
2006 Liebig Award, International Union of Soil Sciences,Philadelphia, USA
2009 COMLAND Award, Commission on Land Degradation & Desertification, Berlin, Germany
2009 M.S. Swaminathan Award, New Delhi, India
2016 INRA, Morocco Government Award for Strategic Development of Earth System Science Worldwide
2018 GCHERA World Agriculture Prize, Nanjing, China
2018 Glinka World Soil Prize, FAO, Rome, Italy


  • Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science
    Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
    The Ohio State University


1965 Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India, M. Sc. in Soils
1968 The Ohio State University, Ph. D in Soils

Professional History

1963-1965 Research Assistant, The Rockefeller Foundation, India
1966-1968 Research Assistant, Ohio Agricultural Research&Development Center (OARDC)
1968-1969 Senior Research Fellow, University of Sydney, Australia
1970-1987 Soil Physicist, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria
1987-2011 Professor, Soil Science, The Ohio State University
2001 - Director, Carbon Management & Sequestration Program, OARDC/Ohio State University
2011 - Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science

Key Publications

  • Lal, R. 2004. Soil carbon sequestration impacts on global climate change and food security. Science, 304: 1623-1627.
  • Lal, R. 2004. Soil carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change. Geoderma, 123: 1-22.
  • CJ Bronick, R Lal. Soil structure and management: a review. 2005. Geoderma, 124: 3-22.
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