Dr. Lester R. Brown: Winner 1989

Lester R. Brown, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius award", has been described as "one of the world's most influential thinkers" by the Washington Post and the "guru of the global environmental movement" by The Telegraph of Calcutta.

The Library of Congress has requested his personal papers and manuscripts, recognizing the role of his work and that of the Worldwatch Institute under his direction in shaping the global environmental movement. The annual State of the World report published by Lester Brown has a circulation of more than 100,000 in English alone. It is published in 10 languages by the Worldwatch Institute, which he founded in 1974.

Lester Brown began his working life as a New Jersey tomato farmer, later becoming an analyst and commentator on international agricultural issues. He has written several books on agriculture and the environment. The UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize Committee paid tribute to his writings which "over the years have been outstanding in teaching about threats to the biosphere". In 1991, he inaugurated the Environmental Alert series of books, with "Saving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Sustainable Global Economy". In May 2001 he founded Earth Policy Institute.

Contact Address:

Dr. Lester R. Brown
Earth Policy Institute
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 403
Washington, D.C. 20036
United States of America

Tel: (202) 496 9290
E-mail: rjkauffman@earth-policy.org