The Pittsburgh-based has announced the recipients of the sixteenth annual .
Established in 1993 to honor Sen. John Heinz (R-PA), who was killed in a plane crash in 1991, the awards, among the largest prizes for individual achievement in the world, recognize significant accomplishment in five areas that were important to the senator: arts and humanities; the environment; the human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy, and employment. As in 2009, this year the family foundation chose to honor Sen. Heinz's commitment to the environment by awarding $100,000 prizes to ten individuals — instead of $250,000 to five individuals — whose achievements have contributed to a cleaner, more sustainable planet.
This year's awardees are James Balog, a photographer with the ; Frederick vom Saal, a professor of biological sciences at the ; Cary Fowler, executive director of the ; Terrence Collins, professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University's ; Gretchen Daily, professor of biological sciences at and chair of the ; Daniel Sperling, a professor and founding director of the at the University of California, Davis; Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at the ; Michael Oppenheimer, director of the at Princeton University; Richard Feely, senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ; and Lynn Goldman, dean of the at George Washington University.
"We're living in a time of unprecedented global change. Our planet is facing rising temperatures, and our communities are affected by toxic chemicals that weren't on the market a hundred years ago," said Heinz Family Foundation chair Teresa Heinz. "We're recognizing innovators who are tackling some of the most vexing problems facing our planet."