Peter H. Raven to Receive 2013 McGovern Award

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Peter H. Raven to Receive 2013 McGovern Award


Sigma Xi is proud to announce that botanist Peter H. Raven, world-renowned champion of conservation and biodiversity, is the 2013 Sigma Xi John P. McGovern Science and Society Award recipient.

A native Californian, Dr. Raven received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1 960 after completing his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. Following several years as a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University, Dr. Raven moved to St. Louis in 1971 to become Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University. For four decades, Dr. Raven has headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research and education, and horticultural display. He retired as president in 20 1 0 and has assumed the role of president emeritus and consultant through 2014.

Described by Time magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," Raven is known for his passion for conservation and his efforts to ensure the continuation of research around the world in order to preserve endangered plants. He is considered a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment.

In recognition of his work in science and conservation, Dr. Raven has also been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan and in 2001, the United States National Medal of Science - the country's highest award for scientific accomplishment. …

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