The Lawrence S. Huntington Environmental Prize was awarded to Dr. John P. Holdren on July 28, in recognition of his remarkable achievements at the intersection of science and policy. (Read John Holdren’s acceptance remarks.)
Dr. Holdren was the president of the Woods Hole Research Center from 2005 until 2009. He joined the Obama Administration in January 2009 as the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
He became the longest serving Presidential science advisor since the inception of the position in World War 2 and he is credited with driving a climate change agreement between the United States and China, as well as the historic Paris Climate Agreement. Dr. Holdren is also a professor of environmental policy at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
The award was presented by AAAS President Rush Holt during an event at WHRC. In a video tribute at the event, Alphabet Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt called Dr. Holdren “the most successful science advisor in history.”
The first recipient of the Prize was Lawrence S. Huntington in 2012, when the WHRC Board bestowed the honor on him and named the prize after him. The other recipients were Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, and Dr. Johan Rockström, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center.