Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author,
environmentalist, activist. A one-woman
movement for peace, sustainability and social justice.
After receiving her schooling in India and training as a gymnast, Vandana Shiva earned a B.S. in Physics, an M.A. in the philosophy of science at the University of Guelph, and a PhD in nuclear physics at the University of Western Ontario. She later studied at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore where she explored interdisciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy. She emerged as an authority in the field of environmental impact. Hearing the leaders of world agri-business describe their plan to control the world’s supply of food and pharmaceuticals through the use of patented, genetically-engineered seeds, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, dedicated to opposing such ventures.
In 1991, Dr. Shiva founded ‘Navdanya’, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds. Among Vandana Shiva’s many honours is the Right Livelihood Award — also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” — for her work in placing women and ecology at the center of the international development agenda. She is the author of more than 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals.