David Karl, the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, has been awarded the 2015 Balzan Prize in recognition of his lifetime of impactful research in the field of microbial oceanography. This honor includes a prize of 750,000 Swiss Francs ($770,000).
“The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world,” according to the foundation. “It was my honor to nominate David for this award,” said Brian Taylor, dean of the SOEST and UH Mānoa interim vice chancellor for research. “Winning the Balzan prize is an international testament to the brilliance of David’s lifetime work and achievements during his 37+ year career at UH Mānoa.”