Rolex announces winners of international awards

October 22, 2002

Tokyo, October 22, 2002 - An eminent American biologist working to develop low-tech agriculture in one of the driest places on earth is one of five individuals to be named winners of the 10th series of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise for their groundbreaking projects in the areas of science, the environment, exploration and cultural heritage.

Each winner, or Laureate, will receive $100,000 and a specially inscribed, gold Rolex chronometer tomorrow evening (October 23) at a gala ceremony in Tokyo. An international panel of prominent scientists and explorers selected the five Laureates from nearly 1,400 applicants from 113 countries. This year's prize-winners are:

Gordon Sato - Sustainable Agriculture in Eritrea

American biologist Gordon Sato is spending his retirement helping some of the world's poorest people, in Eritrea, to help themselves. His innovative Manzanar project harnesses the area's intense sunlight and seawater to grow mangrove plants that can be used not only to feed animals, but also to provide a habitat for fish and shellfish. His aim is to help impoverished, coastal communities in this war-torn country to develop a low-tech, sustainable agricultural economy.

Michel André - The Whale Anti-Collision System

French biologist and engineer Michel André has devised a groundbreaking system to warn fast-moving vessels of the presence of whales in areas of concentrated shipping, thereby preventing the frequent collisions that occur in these sea highways. The Whale Anti-Collision System pairs his knowledge of whale vocalization with the latest "passive acoustic" technology to solve a global problem. Using the Canary Islands as a testing ground, André will implement and refine his pioneering method.

José Márcio Ayres - Preserving the World's Biggest Rainforest Corridor

A forest ecologist, José Márcio Ayres today leads an effort to save the biggest protected area of rainforest on the planet. Having already changed the way his fellow Brazilians view conservation, Ayres is proving that the amazing biodiversity of the Amazon is best safeguarded when local people, rather than being part of the problem, become part of the solution.

Dave Irvine-Halliday - Bringing Light to the Developing World

Dave Irvine-Halliday, a Canadian electrical engineer, realized that a single 0.1-watt, white-light emitting diode supplies enough light for a child living in a remote area with no electricity to read by. The simple but revolutionary technology already supplied to homes in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka by his Light Up The World Foundation can light an entire rural village with less energy than that used by a single, conventional, 100-watt light bulb.

Lindy Rodwell - Preserving Cranes in Africa

Zoologist Lindy Rodwell has devoted the past 11 years to preserving cranes, especially the wattled crane that is critically endangered in her native South Africa. Following the birds' distribution across Africa, Rodwell is expanding her conservation network, aiming to combine the efforts of volunteers and experts in the 11 "wattled crane states" of central and southern Africa, while protecting the wetlands on which cranes and many people depend.

"Despite the diversity inherent in the Rolex Awards, the Laureates all have in common the spirit of enterprise that characterizes the program," said Mr. Patrick Heiniger, chief executive officer of Rolex S.A. and chairman of the Selection Committee. "Whether saving whales or endangered birds, improving living standards in remote villages, safeguarding our precious rainforests, or developing low-tech agricultural methods in one of the world's most impoverished countries, these five individuals have demonstrated their intent to improve our planet and the human condition - the underlying objective of the Awards."

M Booth & Associates

Related Whales Articles from Brightsurf:

Blue whales change their tune before migrating
While parsing through years of recorded blue whale songs looking for seasonal patterns, researchers were surprised to observe that during feeding season in the summer, whales sing mainly at night, but as they prepare to migrate to their breeding grounds for the winter, this pattern reverses and the whales sing during the day.

Shhhh, the whales are resting
A Danish-Australian team of researchers recommend new guidelines for noise levels from whale-watching boats after having carried out experiments with humpback whales.

Fishing less could be a win for both lobstermen and endangered whales
A new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found that New England's historic lobster fishery may turn a higher profit by operating with less gear in the water and a shorter season.

North Atlantic right whales are in much poorer condition than Southern right whales
New research by an international team of scientists reveals that endangered North Atlantic right whales are in much poorer body condition than their counterparts in the southern hemisphere.

Solar storms could scramble whales' navigational sense
When our sun belches out a hot stream of charged particles in Earth's general direction, it doesn't just mess up communications satellites.

A better pregnancy test for whales
To determine whale pregnancy, researchers have relied on visual cues or hormone tests of blubber collected via darts, but the results were often inconclusive.

Why whales are so big, but not bigger
Whales' large bodies help them consume their prey at high efficiencies, a more than decade-long study of around 300 tagged whales now shows, but their gigantism is limited by prey availability and foraging efficiency.

Whales stop being socialites when boats are about
The noise and presence of boats can harm humpback whales' ability to communicate and socialise, in some cases reducing their communication range by a factor of four.

Endangered whales react to environmental changes
Some 'canaries' are 50 feet long, weigh 70 tons, and are nowhere near a coal mine.

Stranded whales detected from space
A new technique for analysing satellite images may help scientists detect and count stranded whales from space.

Read More: Whales News and Whales Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to