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Land Institute President Wes Jackson Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree
The degree was awarded "for his international leadership in developing the principles of ecological agriculture, and for his imaginative and exemplary work as a humanistic visionary in a technological field."
Wes Jackson, president of The Land Institute (founded in 1976), was born in 1936 on a farm near Topeka, Kansas. After attending Kansas Wesleyan (B.A. Biology, 1958), he studied botany (M.A. University of Kansas, 1960), and genetics (Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 1967).
He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan and later established the environmental studies program at California State University, Sacramento, where he became a tenured full professor. He resigned that position in 1976.
In its search for principles of ecological agriculture, Jackson's work at The Land Institute has challenged "modern farming methods" through the promotion of natural systems. He is also exploring principles for human communities whose goal is to thrive within the ecological limits of their places.
The work of The Land Institute has been featured extensively in the popular media including The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, the "MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour," and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Life magazine named Wes Jackson one of 18 individuals it predicts will be among the 100 "important Americans of the twentieth century." He is a recipient of the Pew Conservation Scholars award (1990) and a MacArthur Fellowship (1992).