“Always there has been an adventure just around the corner – and the world is full of corners.”
~ Roy Chapman Andrews
2017 Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer
Wade Davis’ RCAS Presentation:
Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
Lecture & Awards Presentation:
Friday, April 21, 2017, 4:30 pm
Eaton Chapel, Beloit College
Public is welcome. Admission is FREE! (Bring the kids!)
Cultural anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis has conducted more than 80 expeditions on five continents in his quest to introduce the wired world to some of the planet’s most isolated peoples and to the value of the fragile environments that sustain their existence.
Presented to an explorer/scientist in honor of one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed explorers, Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960).
The award, designed by noted regional artist O.V. Shaffer recognizes outstanding achievements in scientific discovery through explorations that offer new insights into previously unknown or poorly known subjects or areas.
Wade Davis | 2017
Cultural Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist
Alan Rabinowitz | 2016
Zoology, Conservation, Field Biology
Edith Widder | 2015
Deep-sea Exploration, Bioluminescence
Meg Lowman | 2014
John Grotzinger | 2013
Mars Curiosity Expedition
Nathan Wolfe | 2012
Steve Lekson | 2011
Archaeology, Ancient Native American Societies
Sylvia Earle | 2010
Marine Biology, Oceanic Expeditions
Paul Sereno | 2009
Mark Moffett| 2008
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Ellen & Lonnie Thompson | 2007
Steve Squyres | 2006
Planetary Science, Mars Rover Mission
Robert Ballard | 2005
Oceanography, Maritime Archaeology (Titanic)
Mark Plotkin | 2004
Ethnobotony, Tropical Rainforest Conservation
Michael Novacek | 2003
Who Was Roy Chapman Andrews?
The Roy Chapman Andrews Society was formed in 1999 by a group of Beloit, Wisconsin residents intent on building more awareness of one of the 20th Century’s most famous explorers.
Since Roy Chapman Andrews was born and raised in Beloit, it was only fitting that such a society exist in his hometown.
“Alright. It’s decided then.
Alan Rabinowitz will be our 2016 Distinguished Explorer.”