Pierre Morvan

1987 Laureate, Science & Health
France, Born 1935

Project Goal

Study ground beetles to improve understanding of what triggers evolutionary change

Location: Nepal

"Thanks to the windfall of the Rolex Award, I was able to collect an abundant amount of material; thousands of insects … Ninety per cent of the museum collections are provided by amateurs like me."

Pierre Morvan, a self-taught expert on insects, has made his mark in science by exploring insect populations in a region often out of bounds to professional scientists – the isolated and inaccessible regions of the Himalayas. The region has become as familiar to him as the streets of Paris, where he worked as a taxi driver for over 30 years. Winner of a Rolex Award for Enterprise in 1987, Pierre has brought order to a vast and poorly understood family of beetles, the Carabidae — otherwise known as ground beetles (Coleoptera Carabidae).

600+

new species discovered by Pierre

100,000

beetles Morvan collected by 2009

2

miniscule marks on the head of genus Batenus that distinguish them from other ground beetles

50

scientific articles Morvan has authored

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