2010 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: United Kingdom

Paul Rose
United Kingdom, Born 1951

Polar guide, diver, mountaineer and broadcaster, Englishman Paul Rose has been helping scientists “unlock great global mysteries” for the past 30 years.


A defining moment of Rose’s life came during a student trip to the Brecon Beacons in Wales. “Alongside nature, at last the things I had trouble learning in school were making sense to me,” he reveals. Rose took up a life as a “modern-day explorer” in the late 1970s when he became a diving instructor and mountain guide in the United States.

He later gained recognition as the base commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, where he worked for 10 years (1992 to 2002) for the British Antarctic Survey, a position which earned him the Queen’s Polar Medal. He also received the U.S. Polar Medal for his work with NASA and the Ness Award for popularizing geography from the Royal Geographical Society, of which he was vice president from 1999 to 2002.

An author and popular television presenter of acclaimed programmes such as the BBC’s Oceans series, Rose is also an inspirational public speaker, motivating young field scientists and others of all ages to explore.

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