|Gordon Richard Conway|
|Institutions||Imperial College London
University of California, Davis
The Rockefeller Foundation
|Alma mater||University of California, Davis|
|Thesis||A Basic Model of Insect Reproduction and its Implications for Pest Control (1969)|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Royal Society|
Sir Gordon Richard Conway, KCMG,
Gordon Conway is a a Professor of International Development at Imperial College and Director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on European support of agricultural development in Africa. He is a FRS, FRGS,an agricultural ecologist and the former President of the Royal Geographical Society
Conway was educated at the Bangor University, Cambridge University and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of California, Davis.
In the early 1960s, working in Sabah, North Borneo, he became one of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management. From 1970 to 1986, he was Professor of Environmental Technology at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He then directed the sustainable agriculture program of the International Institute for Environment and Development in London before becoming Representative of the Ford Foundation in New Delhi from 1988 to 1992. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Chair of the Institute of Development Studies.
Conway was elected the twelfth President of The Rockefeller Foundation in April 1998, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007.
He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2005. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex. He was recently President of the Royal Geographical Society.
Conway now works at Imperial College London and heads the Bill & Melinda Gates funded project Agriculture for Impact looking into ways to increase and enhance agricultural development for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He has authored Unwelcome Harvest: agriculture and pollution (Earthscan, Island Press) ISBN 1-85383-036-4, recently The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st century (Penguin and University Press, Cornell) ISBN 0-8014-8610-6 ; Islamophobia: a challenge for us all (The Runnymede Trust) ISBN 0-902397-98-2.
He co-authored Science and Innovation for Development (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)). His most recent book One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World? was published in October 2012.
- he Rockefeller Foundation and Plant Biotechnology June 24, 1999
- The Voice of Reason in the Global Food Fight February 21, 2000
- Dr. Gordon Conway
- The world in microcosm: an interview with Gordon Conway 8 December 2004
- Biotechnology and Hunger May 8, 2003
- The ideas interview: Gordon Conway October 24, 2005
- Sir Gordon Conway interview Summer 2006
- Technology adoption: the true measure of success 1 May 2006
- Prof Gordon Conway
- Sir Gordon Conway KCMG FRS