The American oceanographer Sylvia Earle, named “Hero of the Planet” in 1998 by the American magazine Time and author of numerous documentaries for National Geographic, has been awarded today in Oviedo with the Princess of Asturias Award for the Concord 2018.
Earle (Gibbstown, New Jersey, 1935) is a marine biologist and explorer who has dedicated her life to the study of the situation of the oceans who has also collaborated in the study of the damages caused by several oil spills such as those produced after the first Gulf War in 1991 or those caused by Exxon Valdez and Mega Bord ships or the Deepwater Horizon platform.
A graduate of the University of Florida and a doctorate from Duke, Earle developed her research work at the California Academy of Sciences and at university centers such as California in Berkeley, the Radcliff Institute and Harvard, was a member between 1980 and 1984 of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, and in 1985 he founded the company Deep Ocean Engineering to design, direct, support and advise on robotic underwater systems.
In 1990 she was appointed chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States, a position she held for two years and is currently a resident explorer of the National Geographic Society (NGS) and chairs The Sylvia Earle Alliance (SEAlliance) / Mission Blue, which launched in 2008.
He is also part of several councils, foundations and committees related to marine research and conservation.
Oceanographer, researcher, manager and teacher, Sylvia A. Earle, known as the “lady of the deep”, has dedicated her life to the exploration and research of the seabed and the conservation of the oceans.
With more than one hundred expeditions carried out all over the world and more than 7,000 hours of diving in his research, in 1970 he led the first team of women aquanauts in the Tektite Project, where they lived two weeks at 18 meters deep in the Virgin Islands. , and has a record of solo diving at 1,000 meters.
He has participated in television productions and has given lectures in more than 90 countries and the documentary “Mission Blue”, which reviews his career, won the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing-Documentary and Long Form.
The candidacy of Earle, who made his first underwater dive with seventeen years and is still active at age 72, was proposed by the researcher Amador Menéndez Velázquez, member of the jury of the Princess of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research.
The award, which last year fell to the European Union and to which 37 candidates from 23 countries opted, is the last to fail in this XXXVIII edition of the Princess of Asturias Awards and will be delivered by King Felipe VI next October during a ceremony to be held at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo.
In this edition of the awards went to Martin Scorsese (Arts), Alma Guillermoprieto (Communication and Humanities), Amref Health Africa (International Cooperation), Reinhold Messner and Krzysztof Wielicki (Sports), Fred Vargas (Lyrics) and Michael J. Sandel (Social Sciences) and Svante Pääbo (Research).
The eight Princess of Asturias Awards is endowed with the reproduction of a sculpture designed by Joan Miró, 50,000 euros, a diploma and a badge.
Source: La Vanguardia