Eponymous Prizes Honor Scientists, But Draw Criticism

HONORED ACHIEVERS: Anne and Paul Ehrlich, winners of this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, have collaborated on ecological research since the 1960s. On Friday, April 17, at a black-tie dinner in Los Angeles, noted environmentalists Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich will receive the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. They will be awarded a gold medallion and $200,000 for a collaboration that began in the early 1960s with field work on butterflies, continued with

Robert Finn
Apr 12, 1998

HONORED ACHIEVERS: Anne and Paul Ehrlich, winners of this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, have collaborated on ecological research since the 1960s.
On Friday, April 17, at a black-tie dinner in Los Angeles, noted environmentalists Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich will receive the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. They will be awarded a gold medallion and $200,000 for a collaboration that began in the early 1960s with field work on butterflies, continued with Paul Ehrlich's codiscovery of the concept of coevolution, and then received wide notice when the couple--by then forceful environmental advocates--pointed out the ecological dangers of overpopulation and nuclear war.

The recipients of numerous other awards, the Ehrlichs are members of a growing fraternity: scientists who receive awards endowed by individuals or families. These awards are increasing in number, and some of them exceed the Nobel Prize in monetary value, if not prestige. For example,...

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