Kamaljit Bawa 1st Indian to Receive Linnean Medal

Indian botanist Kamaljit S. Bawa (president of Bengaluru-based non-profit Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) received the prestigious Linnean Medal in Botany from the Linnean Society of London.

Dr. Bawa is the first Indian to win the award ever since it was first constituted in 1888. The scientist is being recognised for his pioneering research on the evolution of tropical plants, tropical deforestation, non-timber forest products and for decades of work on the biodiversity of forests in Central America, the Western Ghats and the Eastern Himalaya.

Source- The Hindu

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Bank of India Exam 2018-

  • The Linnean Medal is awarded to a biologist every year by the Linnean Society of London.
  • The world’s oldest active biological society founded in 1788 and named after famous Swedish biologist Carl Linnaeus.

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