Website Search


Streaming Video

Video Playlists

Includes Feature Films, Kistler Prize Acceptance Speeches, Interviews, Lectures, and Scholar Visions of the Long-term Future


Recent Publications

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Executive Summary

“Water – The Crisis Ahead” Executive Summary

Winter 2010 Newsletter

All Foundation publications are available for download from our Publications page.



“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• October 2011

Walter P. Kistler Book Award

• Dr. Laurence C. Smith
• October 2011

12th Annual Kistler Prize

• Dr. Charles A. Murray
• September 2011

Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 2011

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Workshop

• Taipei, Taiwan
• November 2010

Peter Ward Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• October 2010

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010






Kistler Prize



RECIPIENTS 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011


2002 Recipient

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, M.D.

Professor Emeritus (Active), Department of Genetics, School of Medicine
Stanford University

Dr. Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Professor Emeritus (active) of the School of Medicine, Stanford University, and one of the world’s most notable and respected geneticists, was awarded the Kistler Prize for the year 2002.

Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1922, Dr. Cavalli-Sforza was educated in medicine and surgery at the University of Pavia, earned an M.D. in 1944, and practiced medicine briefly before turning his attention to genetics. For ten years, he focused his work on bacterial genetics, first at the University of Cambridge and then at Istituto Sieroterapico Milanese (Milan), where he was Director of Research in Microbiology. In the 1950s, his interest in the genetics of human populations and evolution took root, in part because of the original teachings of his mentor, Professor Adriano Buzzati-Traverso. Dr. Cavalli-Sforza was Professor of genetics at the University of Parma from 1951 to 1962. From 1962 to 1970, he was both Professor and Director of the Institute of Genetics at the University of Pavia. He relocated to Stanford University in 1970, where he was Professor of genetics until his retirement in 1992, Chairman of the Department of Genetics from 1986 to 1990, and is now Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Cavalli-Sforza’s research has been dedicated to the reconstruction of the evolutionary history of modern humans. He has traced historical migrations by analyzing the genetic differences between humans living today, employing in his research not only genetics, but multiple disciplines to track 100,000 years of human and cultural evolution. Building on his years of research, he was one of the founders of the Human Genome Diversity Project, which is aimed at accumulating DNA samples from populations all over the world for a comprehensive study of human genetic difference. He has remained active in this study, which has so far collected 1,064 cell lines from all over the world for distribution of DNA to research laboratories. He was named to receive the Kistler Prize for his dedication to, and persistence in, this scientific research and inquiry in the face of criticism from academic, social, cultural, and political opponents.

Dr. Cavalli-Sforza has published his research findings extensively. Among recent books are Genes, Peoples, and Languages (2000), on how the genes of modern populations contain a historical record of our species; The History and Geography of Human Genes (1994), detailing where human populations originated and how they spread throughout the world; and The Great Human Diasporas (1995), which focuses on the genetic evidence for ancient dispersions of humankind.

Among many previous awards and recognition for Dr. Cavalli-Sforza’s work are the Balzan Prize for the Science of Human Origins (1999), the Catalonia Prize (1993), the Chiron Award from the Italian Academy of Medicine (1998), the Allen Award from the American Society of Human Genetics (1987), and the Weldon Medal in Biometry, University of Oxford (1978).



“The result of all this work is that the conclusions from many sources converge toward a standard model of human evolution. The founders of modern humans belonged to a small East African tribe of perhaps 1,000 individuals … these people probably spoke a single language, the origin of all modern languages.”

—From Dr. Cavalli-Sforza’s acceptance speech at the 2002 Kistler Prize Banquet