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“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



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2011  Dr. Charles Murray
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

In recognition of his ongoing writings in the relationship of human abilities to public policy.


2010  Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute for Systems Biology

For creating the technological foundation of modern molecular biology and genomics through the invention of five groundbreaking instruments.


2009  Dr. Svante Pääbo
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

For a body of work with ancient DNA, beginning in 1984 with the demonstration of DNA survival in a 2,400-year-old mummy.


2008  Dr. Craig Venter
J. Craig Venter Institute

For a body of pioneering work in genome science.


2007  Dr. Spencer Wells
Genographic Project

For work in the science of population genetics, culminating in the design and implementation of National Geographic and IBM’s Genographic Project.


Doreen Kimura2006  Dr. Doreen Kimura
Simon Fraser University

For scientific research on biological influences on human cognitive and motor skills, most notably the relationship between sex and cognition.


2005  Dr. Thomas J. Bouchard Jr.
University of Minnesota

For scientific research on human individual differences caused by genetic and environmental influences, through the study of monozygotic and dizygotic twins.


2004  Dr. Vincent M. Sarich
University of California, Berkeley

For discoveries in molecular dating, determining that humans and the great apes diverged much more recently than previously believed.


2003  Dr. Arthur R. Jensen
University of California, Berkeley

For scientific research on human intelligence, establishing the genetic basis for individual differences in intelligence.


2002  Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, M.D.
Stanford University

For his work tracing historical migrations by analyzing the genetic differences between humans living today.


2001  Dr. Richard Dawkins, FRS
Oxford University

For his work in the ethology of the gene, redirecting the focus of the “levels of selection” debate from the individual animal as the unit of evolution to the genes.


2000  Dr. Edward O. Wilson
Harvard University

For the introduction of biological thought into the social sciences to create the field of sociobiology.