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International Prize for biology

The 32nd(2016) International Prize for Biology Is awarded to

Dr. Stephen Philip Hubbell,
(Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles)

  On 3 August, 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 32nd (2016) International Prize for Biology to Dr. Stephen Philip Hubbell, Distinguished Professor of University of California, Los Angeles.
  The field of specialization for the 32nd Prize is "Biology of Biodiversity."



Name:

Stephen Philip Hubbell

Birthdate:

February 17,1942

Nationality:

United States of America

Present Position:

Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Education and Professional Positions:
1963 B.A. Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
1969 Ph.D. Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
1969–1974 Assistant Professor, Zoology, University of Michigan
1974–1975 Associate Professor, Zoology, University of Michigan
1975–1980 Associate Professor, Zoology, University of Iowa
1980–1988 Professor, Zoology, University of Iowa
1982–1988 Staff Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
1988–1999 Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
1999–2002 Professor, Plant Biology, University of Georgia
2002–present Senior Staff Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
2003–2007 Distinguished Research Professor, Plant Biology, University of Georgia
2007–present Distinguished Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

  This year, the field chosen for the prize was “Biology of Biodiversity.” Dr. Hubbell is the author of the 2001 book, The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, which challenged current theory in ecology for the evolutionary origin and ecological maintenance of biodiversity in biotic communities. He tested the theory in tree communities by establishing, with colleagues, a network of large, permanent forest census plots in species-rich tropical forests worldwide. These plots collectively contain over 10,000 tree species, about 20% of the known tropical tree species in the world. This work not only made a major theoretical contribution to understanding the mechanisms by which diversity is generated and maintained in biotic communities, but also opened up new directions and powerful new tools in empirical biodiversity research. These distinguished achievements in advancing the biology of biodiversity make Dr. Hubbell a worthy recipient of the International Prize for Biology.
  The award ceremony will be held in November or December 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.