UNDERSEA EXPLORER AND PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF MISSION BLUE.
SYLVIA EARLE HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF OCEAN EXPLORATION FOR MORE THAN FOUR DECADES. SHE IS THE WINNER OF THE 2009 TED PRIZE, SHE'S A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR OUR OCEANS.
Keynote speaker category: Leadership, The environment, TED Speaker, Conservation. Keynote speaker topics: The Quest for Sustainable Seas.
Sylvia Earle speaking at USI 2019
Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress and a "Hero for the Planet" by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.
Earle has led more than 50 expeditions and clocked more than 7,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater in 1970, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, she walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. In the 1980s, she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths. In the early 1990s, she served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Earle speaks of our oceans with wonder and amazement, and calls them “the blue heart of the planet.” The winner of the 2009 TED Prize, she wished to ignite public support for marine protected areas, so that they cover 20% of the world's oceans by 2020.
What others say“Dr. Earle’s passion extends to the far horizon … She has done pioneering research on algae, probed the ecology of coral reefs, set records for deep diving, tracked marine mammals and lobbied for the creation of marine sanctuaries.” — The New York Times
Companies and projects: Some and not all of her achievements. For more information contact Oration Speakers directly.
Honorary doctorate from Smith College and commencement address at Warren Wilson College, Medal of Honor from the Dominican Republic
2013: Honorary doctorate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the Hubbard Medal, the National Geographic Society's highest honor, "for distinction in exploration, discovery and research"
2014: Walter Cronkite Award, UN Champions of the Earth Award, Glamour Woman of the Year and the first woman to be celebrated at an Explorers Club Tribute Ceremony
2017: Rachel Carlson Prize, Lewis Thomas Prize.
2018: Seattle Aquarium Lifetime Achievement Award
2018: Princess of Asturias Award of Concord (Concordia)
2018: Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh
Blue Hope: Exploring and Caring for Earth's Magnificent OceanHardcover– August 19, 2014