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:

2017 - Professor Roy Ellen

Over the past 35 years, Professor Ellen has made major contributions to economic and ethnobotany and embodies the spirit of the Distinguished Economic Botanist.

Roy Ellen is Emeritus Professor in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He was trained in anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political science, where he completed his PhD in 1973 on swidden cultivation and patterns of settlement amongst the Nuaulu people of Seram, eastern Indonesia.

He has held permanent teaching positions at the LSE, and thereafter at the University of Kent until 2012, where he founded the programme in Ethnobotany with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and was first Director of the Centre for Biocultural Diversity. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2003, and was President of the Royal Anthropological Institute between 2007 and 2011.

He has published widely on environmental and cognitive anthropology, on ethnobiology (especially in the area of folk classification and the local management of domesticate diversity), on the theory of ethnoecological knowledge, on inter-island trading systems, and on the ethnography of eastern Indonesia. Of his 17 books and editions, his main publications relating to ethnobotany include: Nuaulu settlement and ecology (1976), Environment, subsistence and system (1982), The cultural relations of classification (1983), and The categorical impulse (2005). He has edited or co-edited, amongst others: Social and ecological systems (1979), Classifications in their social context (1979), Redefining nature (1996), Indigenous environmental knowledge and its transformations (2000), Ethnobiology and the science of humankind (2006), Modern crises and traditional strategies (2007), and Understanding cultural transmission in anthropology (2013).

 


Professor 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