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2009. Paul R. Ehrlich

The American entomologist Paul R. Ehrlich receives the Fifth Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia

Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, a specialist in populations and human over-population, today received the Fifth Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia in a ceremony in the Sant Jordi Room at the Palau de la Generalitat.

In his speech Professor Ehrlich explained his theories about the need to halt the excessive consumption of resources to prevent the collapse of humanity and expressed his satisfaction that these ideas, which had initially been unpopular, have been catapulted into the political arena in just a few decades, although the environmental situation has been deteriorating even faster in recent years. Ehrlich also took advantage of the event to draw attention to his latest initiative: the Millennium Assessment of Human Behaviour (MAHB), a forum for discussion and awareness raising.

Paul R. Ehrlich (Philadelphia, 1932) is a prestigious scientist specialized in Lepidoptera (butterflies), a well known researcher on population studies and author of books on the subject, among which "The Population Bomb" (1968) stands out. He is currently Professor of Population Studies at the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University.

He has been awarded several prizes throughout his professional life, including the Crafoord Prize, in 1990, which he shared with the biologist E.O. Wilson, and which is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to eminent scientists in fields of study that are not included in the classic categories of the Nobel Prize.

President Montilla will present this prize to Paul R. Ehrlich during a prize-giving ceremony due to take place at the Palau de la Generalitat on 5th November 2009.

The Ramon Margalef prize was created by the Generalitat of Catalonia in 2004 in honour of Professor Ramon Margalef ( Barcelona, 1919-2004), who carried out outstanding scientific and intellectual work in the field of ecology. The prize is worth 100,000 euros, and recognizes a scientific trajectory or a discovery in the field of ecology that has made a significant contribution to the knowledge or the concept of this science, or to the development of theoretical instruments for the good management of land, sea or natural resources. In previous editions, the prize was awarded to the scientists Paul Dayton; John Lawton; Harold Mooney and Daniel Pauly.

Paul R. Ehrlich