Biography

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Professor Myers graduated from Oxford University in 1958, and earned his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973. He has taught at several dozen renowned universities on both sides of the Atlantic, notably Oxford and Harvard. He has served as an adviser to many governments, international agencies and academic bodies, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Soviet Academy of Sciences, the White House, the U.S. Departments of State, Defense and Energy, the World Bank, the United Nations, NASA, the European Commission and the Rockefeller and MacArthur foundations. A truly interdisciplinary scientist, Professor Norman Myers was the first scientist to alert the global community to tropical deforestation, the mass extinction underway, and environmental security. He is a renowned expert on systems ecology, resource economics, biodiversity, disruption of future evolution, and developing-country poverty, with field experience in more than 50 countries. Myers’ “Biodiversity Hotspots” strategy for threatened species has mobilised $850 million, the largest sum ever assigned to a single conservation strategy.