Dr. Raman Sukumar

Raman Sukumar wins the Whitley Gold Award 18 March 2003, presented by Princess Anne at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Raman Sukumar and Princess Anne
Raman Sukumar, 66, Professor of Ecology at the Indian Institute of Science, honorary director of the Asian Elephant Research and Conservation Centre, Bangalore, India

As ecologist, Sukumar has studied elephants for 43 years. He grew up in Madras, and at the age of 15 Sukumar became interested in ecology and conservation, and spent more time in nature. His grandmother used to call him vanavasi (the Tamil word for "forest dweller"). Sukumar studied botany at university and by then he had decided to become a conservation scientist. Years of studying elephants in the wild in the late seventies, as well as writing three books on elephants and over fifty scholarly publications in the area of biology, makes him one of the most important authorities on asian elephants ever.

Raman Sukumar


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