Since 1963 the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) has awarded Honorary Fellowships to individuals whom, through a long distinguished career, have contributed greatly to the advance of tropical biology and/or the conservation of tropical ecosystems. All Honorary Fellows are individuals who have an extraordinary long-term commitment to the cause of tropical biology and/or conservation, who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in this field, and who have played a tremendous role in the mentorship and inspiration of new generations of tropical biologists and conservationists. To this date 77 individuals from 16 different countries have been honored with this award, and every year one or two additional Honorary Fellows are appointed, during the Association’s annual meeting. During the 2010 annual meeting of the ATBC, which took place between the 20th and the 23rd of July in Bali, Indonesia, two internationally acknowledged scientists were awarded Honorary Fellowships, including Dr. Kartawinata.
Dr. Kartawinata is a botanist and an ecological scientist, and has been a leading national and global conservation practitioner. Dr Kartawinata was educated at the Academy of Biology, Bogor, Indonesia, the University of Singapore, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has authorship and co-authorships on more than 136 papers and major reports. Significant leadership posts held by Dr. Kartawinata include directorship of Herbarium Bogoriense of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, and senior posts at UNESCO, the MacArthur Foundation, and CIFOR. Dr. Kartawinata has also supervised a large number of undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Kartawinata has received several recognition and awards, such as the 1991 Distinguished Service Medal awarded by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, and the President Club, of the University of Hawaii, USA, and, recently, gave the esteemed keynote lecture for the Indonesian national Sarwono Awards for scientific excellence.