2012 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: Venezuela

Antonio Machado-Allison
Venezuela, Born 1945

One of South America’s most renowned zoologists, Venezuelan Antonio Machado-Allison is a world expert on animal biosystematics — the science of the classification of living things — and an acknowledged authority on freshwater fish, in particular the piranha.


In 1973, nearly a decade before receiving his Ph.D from George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution, Machado-Allison joined the faculty of sciences of the Central University of Venezuela where he has since held several key positions, including at the Institute of Tropical Zoology. He also served as vice president of the Venezuelan Society of Natural Sciences and co-director of the Los Roques Scientific Foundation, which helps protect the largest marine park in the Caribbean.

Machado-Allison maintains connections to the U.S. through his work as research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Smithsonian Institution and Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and its AquaRAP programme for sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems.

Currently editor of the Bulletin of the Venezuelan Academy of Sciences, he has authored more than 100 scientific works on subjects such as the evolution, ecology and conservation of freshwater fish. For his achievements, Machado-Allison has been awarded Venezuela’s Order of José Maria Vargas and was appointed academic secretary of the Venezuelan Academy of Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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