Stuart Pimm is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and founder and president of the non-profit Saving Nature.
Pimm is the author of over 270 scientific papers and four books. The Institute of Scientific Information has ranked him as one of the most highly cited environmental scientists for over a decade. He was awarded the 2019 International Cosmos Prize. The prize is widely viewed as one of the most prestigious honors presented in the environmental field.
The honor recognizes Pimm’s groundbreaking research on endangered species, as well as his work through his nonprofit organization Saving Nature to promote practical approaches to help slow or reverse species’ declines by protecting and restoring their shrinking habitats.
Past recipients of the Cosmos Prize include Jane Goodall, E.O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins and Sir David Attenborough, among other luminaries in the fields of conservation science and natural history.
His books include The Balance of Nature? and, in 2001, the acclaimed World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of the 2006 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences (from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), and the winner of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2010.