Worldwatch Fellow Sandra Postel Named One of Scientific American 50

Friday, November 15, 2002


Worldwatch Fellow Sandra Postel Named
One of Scientific American 50

WASHINGTON D.C.— Sandra Postel, Worldwatch Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Water Policy Project in Amherst, Massachusetts, has been named by Scientific American magazine as one of the "Scientific American 50," a new award recognizing contributions from the past year to science and technology.

  Postel was honored for promoting "sweeping changes aimed at preserving the world's dwindling supplies of freshwater." A prolific writer and experienced water analyst, Postel is author of the Worldwatch Institute's publication, Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? (W.W. Norton. 1999), which spotlights the unsustainability of current global irrigation practices and calls for fundamental reforms in agricultural water use.

  Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American John Rennie said that the magazine's Board of Editors "wanted to recognize some of the most outstanding visionaries who are advancing technology and guaranteeing a brighter future for all of us."

  Says Postel: "Few challenges loom as large as meeting the food and water needs of the world's growing population while at the same time protecting the freshwater ecosystems that sustain life itself. I am honored to be recognized by Scientific American, with its unique stature in the field. I share the honor with my colleagues at Worldwatch and others with whom I have collaborated over the years."

  The magazine's 50 awards cover categories ranging from agriculture, medical diagnostics, defense, environment, and communications. The complete list of winners will appear in the December 2002 issue of Scientific American, as well as on the magazine's web site (

  Postel is currently working on a book on river conservation, due out in summer 2003.