Distinguished Economic Botanists

The award of "Distinguished Economic Botanist (DEB)" is bestowed annually by the Society upon an individual on the basis of outstanding accomplishments pertinent to the goals of the Society. A nominee does not need to be a member of the Society. The Chairperson of the Nominations and Awards Committee shall be responsible for the citation which shall be published in Economic Botany. The only responsibility of the awardee shall be to present an address at the annual meeting the year of his/her selection. He/she shall become an honorary member of the Society for life.

Recipients of the Distinguished Economic Botanist award are:

2019 - Dr. John Rashford

John Rashford  
   

John Rashford, Professor of Anthropology at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, committed his professional journey to observing the constructs of life, within the human context, viewed through the lens of an anthropologist/ethnobotanist.

For several decades, John has taken a leadership role in efforts to uncover the ethnobotany of Africans and especially the African diaspora.  He has spent many years tracing the circuitous routes of African people, plants, and plant traditions as they crossed the Atlantic. He has also done pioneering work with the genus Ficus in Brazil, the "tree of life" of the Candomble religion.  In all of his research, John brings a nuanced and culturally sensitive perspective from the humanities and social sciences to the study of plants and people. John has been recognized many times for his major contributions in education and research surrounding the fields of anthropology and ethnobotany.

From his perspective John considers that his time as President of the SEB, and Chairman of the organizing committee of the 50th Annual Conference in 2009, could be viewed as a signature moment in the flowering of his career.  Dr. Rashford exemplifies the oustanding accomplishments and spirit of a distinguished economic botanist and we are thrilled to honor him in this way.

      


Dr. Gary Nabhan 
2018


Dr. Roy Ellen
2017

Dr. Tony Cunningham
2016

 
Dr. Daniel Moerman
2015


Dr. Jan Salick
2014

 

 


Dr. Will McClatchey
2013

 


Dr. Djaja Djendoel Soejarto
2012

 


Dr. Nancy Turner
2011

 


Drs. Edelmira Linares and Robert Bye
2010

 


Nina Etkin
2009 *

 

2000s

 


Michael Balick
2009

 


Brent and
Elois Ann Berlin
2008

 


W. Hardy Eshbaugh
2007

 


Walter Lewis &
Memory Elvin-Lewis
2006

 


Harold C. Conklin
2005
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Gordon Hillman
2004

 


Daniel Zohary
2003 *
Bibliography

 


Sir Ghillean Prance
2002
Bibliography

 


Isabella Abbott
2001 *
Bibliography

 


James Duke
2000
Bibliography

 

1990s

 


S. K. Jain
1999

 


Hugh. H. Iltis
1998

 


Carlos Ochoa
1997 *

 


Jack G. Hawkes
1996 *

 


Varro E. Tyler
1995 *

 


Walton C. Galinat
1994 *

 


Mildred Mathias
1993 *

 


Douglas Yen
1992

 


N. W. Simmonds
1991 *

 


Herbert G. Baker
1990 *

 

1980s

 


Jack L. Beal
1989 *

 


Oswald Tippo
1988 *

 


Charles Rick
1987 *

 


E. Hernández X.
1986 *

 


Jack R. Harlan
1985 *

 


Charles B. Heiser
1984 *

 


N. R. Farnsworth
1983 *

 


William L. Brown
1982 *

 


William H. Tallent
1981 *

 


T. Whitaker
1980 *

 

1970s
 

 


R. E. Schultes
1979 *
 

 


Julia F. Morton
1978 *
 

 


* deceased