Paul R. Ehrlich has been a household name since the publication of his 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb (Ballantine Books). He is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University as well as Chairman of the Board of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford. Ehrlich's honors include the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, the Gold Medal Award of the World Wildlife Fund International, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given), the United Nations' Sasakawa Environment Prize, and the Blue Planet Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the author of hundreds of scientific papers and more than three dozen books. Cofounder (with Peter H. Raven) of the field of coevolution, he has done field research on every continent.
Ehrlich has been a pioneer in raising issues of population, resources, and the environment as matters of public policy. The Population Bomb was a wake-up call for an entire generation. By 1993, his perspective had become the consensus view of scientists as represented by the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity." His newest book, coauthored with Anne Ehrlich, is One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future (Island Press). The book takes its title from Rudyard Kipling's "Recessional," and alludes to the pride that went before the fall of ancient Mesopotamian civilizations. The Ehrlichs warn that the hubris of our own civilization could be leading us to an end similar to Nineveh's - whose ruins lie near the Iraqi city of Mosul - if environmental trends such as loss of biodiversity and rapid climate change are not halted. But a large part of the book is also devoted to recommending steps to allow humanity, and in particular the world's sole remaining superpower, to alter course and work toward resolving the human predicament.
Paul Ehrlich has given hundreds of public lectures, made more than a thousand radio and television appearances (including twenty on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), and was a correspondent for NBC News. His presentations address today's major challenges, and how we can rise to meet them.
Videos of presentations and interviews, audio programs and talks, and information about his books are available here. To get the most up-to-date information about Paul Ehrlich or contact him as a possible speaker, visit his website here.
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