Kamal Bawa, Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusettes, Boston, USA

Kamal Bawa, Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusettes, Boston, USA

Dr. Kamal Bawa is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Founder-President of the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), ranked among the world’s top 20 environmental think tanks. As a sustainability scientist, he has published more than 220 scientific papers and 11 authored or edited books and monographs. Among the many awards he has received are: the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowship, and the Charles Bullard and Maria Moor Cabot Fellowships at Harvard University, Guggenheim Fellowship, Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, the world’s first prize in sustainability–the Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science from the Royal Norwegian Society of Letters and Sciences, and the international MIDORI Prize in Biodiversity from the Aeon Foundation in Japan at the United Nations Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

 

The two professional societies in his field, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and Society for Conservation Biology have bestowed on him their highest awards. The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation elected him as its President and then as an Honorary Fellow; he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology honored him by conferring an honorary Doctor of Science degree. 

 

He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Alberta and Concordia University, Montreal.  Kamal Bawa is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Norwegian Society of Letters and Sciences, the Royal Society  (London), the American Philosophical Society  (2019), and the National Academy of Sciences (USA). He has headed or served on several scientific panels and currently serves on the governing boards of several national and international organizations. Among his many books are two coffee-table books, Himalaya: Mountains of Life, and Sahyadris: India’s Western Ghats.