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Science  21 Apr 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5772, pp. 363
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5772.363a

SAVIOR OF SPECIES. Stuart Pimm's epiphany came almost 30 years ago in Hawaii when the young ecologist discovered that some of the honeycreeper birds he had come to study had vanished. “I realized species are going extinct, and scientists can—and ought—to do something about it,” he says.

Since then, Pimm, now at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has studied threatened and endangered species around the world and testified for their conservation before the U.S. Congress. This month, he was named winner of the $150,000 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The academy also announced the winners of four other $150,000 prizes: Geneticist Alec Jeffreys of the University of Leicester, U.K., wins the biochemistry and biophysics award for discovering the genetic fingerprint; medical researcher Mary-Claire King of the University of Washington, Seattle, wins the medicine award for linking breast cancer to a gene; psychologist John Anderson of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earns the cognitive science award for his theory of human cognition; and economist Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, wins the history award for researching the origins of the modern industrial economy.

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