Dr. Ruth Patrick

Ruth Patrick

In the book A to Z of Biologists, you'll find the entry on Dr. Ruth Patrick sandwiched between Louis Pasteur and Linus Pauling.

They are in good company. Dr. Patrick’s pioneering research, begun in the 1940s and dubbed the Patrick Principle, became the fundamental principle on which all environmental science and management is based. Dr. Patrick proved that biological diversity holds the key to understanding the environmental problems affecting an ecosystem.

Called “a den mother for generations of scientists,” and a “visionary ecologist,” Dr. Patrick grew as adept in the boardroom as in the lab. She filled the role of advisor, director, and trustee for corporations, governments, and nonprofits. For seven decades, she championed environmental protection, mentoring future scientists and inspiring many others by the example of her life and work. Learn more about Dr. Ruth Patrick by viewing her biography, list of positions and activities, honors and awards, and publications.

See what others have written about her:

BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures:
A 2000 lecture by Dr. Tom Lovejoy, chief biodiversity advisor for the World Bank, pays homage to Dr. Patrick as a pioneer in biodiversity and environmental protection.
Ecology Hall of Fame:
A personal note of appreciation by Don Weiss.
The Heinz Awards web page on Ruth Patrick:
Dr. Patrick received the Heinz Award in 2002.
Villanova University's Mendel Medal Web page on Ruth Patrick:
Dr. Patrick received the Mendal Medal in 2002.
WHYY (Philadelphia public television) Web page on Dr. Ruth Partick:
Five digital video clips are available from this page.