Dr. Jane Goodall Receives Prince of Asturias Award

At a glittering ceremony in the Oviedo Province of Spain, Dr. Jane Goodall received the prestigious 2003 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. Prince Felipe, Crown Prince of Spain and Prince of Asturias, presented the award. The awards are considered to be Spain’s equivalent of the Nobel Prizes bestowed in Sweden.

In presenting the award to Dr. Goodall, Prince Felipe said, “Mankind is facing one of the greatest challenges it has ever faced," adding that "only a concerted effort by everybody for everybody, only global solutions, can come to terms with this ever more serious danger.

“The task must be undertaken with the same hope, optimism and faith in mankind as shown by Jane Goodall, who believes that there is a growing number of us committed to joining our hands and our hearts in a joint effort to make our world a better place.”

Dr. Goodall expressed her hope that receiving the Prince of Asturias Award would help get her message across to many parts of the world, especially to children. She said children can choose how they want to influence the world when they have hope.

Other recipients of this year’s Prince of Aturias Awards include J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, and the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The ceremony was broadcast over live television to an estimated audience of 100 million viewers worldwide.

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