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The 30th (2014) Award

  On 1 September, the Committee on the International Prize for Biology (chaired by Dr. Takashi Sugimura, president, the Japan Academy) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science decided to award the 30th (2014) International Prize for Biology to Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS, Professor of Botany and Carl W. Knobloch, Jr., Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University in the United States.

Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS

 

Birthdate July 18, 1954
Citizenship British(U.K.)
 
Education and Professional Positions:
1981 Ph.D., University of Reading, U.K
1981-1982 Post-doctoral Research Scholar , Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A.
1982-1995 Curator, The Field Museum, Chicago, U.S.A.
1995-1999 Director, The Field Museum, Chicago, U.S.A.
1999-2006 Director and Chief Executive, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.
2006-2009 John and Marion Sullivan University Professor, The University of Chicago, U.S.A.
2009-present Professor of Botany and Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

  This year, the field chosen for the Prize was “Systematic Biology and Taxonomy”. In his work on plant systematics and evolutionary history, Prof. Crane was the first in the world to adopt the novel approach of integrating paleontological information with information obtained from living plants—each had been analyzed separately until the 1970s—for combined analysis. Not only has he consistently led the way in analyzing plant phylogeny using the methods he pioneered, but he is also recognized for his contributions to increasing the general public’s understanding of plant diversity and its conservation.

The award ceremony will be held on December 1, 2014 at the Japan Academy (7-32 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo).

International Prize for Biology

  The International Prize for Biology was instituted in April of 1985 by the Committee on the International Prize for Biology. It aims to commemorate the sixty-year reign of Emperor Showa and his longtime devotion to biological research and also to offer tribute to the present Emperor His Majesty Emperor Akihito, who has strived over many years to advance the study taxonomy of gobioid fishes while contributing continuously to the developing of this Prize. The award ceremony is held in the presence of His Majesty the Emperor.