2000 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: United Kingdom

Sir Crispin Tickell
United Kingdom, Born 1930

A long-standing environmentalist and author of Climate Change and World Affairs, Crispin Tickell was among the first to draw attention to the hazards of human-made climate change.


Earthwatcher and former diplomat, Sir Crispin is very much his own man. A maverick from childhood, he is known as an imaginative individualist whose intellectual versatility has allowed him to master completely each new and diverse pursuit he undertakes.

In his long and brilliant diplomatic career, Sir Crispin has held a variety of positions, including chef de cabinet to the president of the European Commission, British ambassador to Mexico, permanent secretary of the Overseas Development Administration and British permanent representative to the United Nations.

He was the President of the Royal Geographical Society from 1990 to 1993, and, until 1997, Warden of Green College, Oxford. In a famous speech in 1989, he addressed the impact of global warming on population patterns and those he called “environmental refugees”.

He has acted as an official adviser on environmental issues to three successive British prime ministers, and served for six years as chairman of the advisory committee on the Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species and convenor of the British government panel on sustainable development.

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1983, Sir Crispin believes that “you cannot be a whole person unless you’re capable of being interested in a great many things”. His own varied list of interests includes climatology, pre-Columbian art, hill walking and the early history of the earth.

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