Paul Alan Cox


Dr. Paul Alan Cox is Director of the Congressionally chartered National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii and Florida. He also serves as the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science at the Swedish Biodiversity Center. TIME magazine in 1997 honoured him as one of 11 “Heroes of Medicine” for his ongoing search for new medicines from plants. For his efforts in saving tropical rainforests, in 1997 he shared the $75,000 Goldman Prize, known as the “Nobel Prize” of the environment. A former Brigham Young University Dean, Cox was named in 1998 by CHOICE magazine as one of the top university leaders in America. Cox received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, his master’s degree in ecology from the University of Wales, and his bachelor’s degree in botany and philosophy from Brigham Young University. He has authored three books and over 120 scientific papers. Married to the former Barbara Wilson, he lives with his family on the island of Kauai.