Professors Sven Erik Jørgensen, Denmark, and William J. Mitsch, USA, received the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize August 19 from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden during a Royal Banquet and Ceremony in the Stockholm City Hall.
Through their important contributions to the knowledge of how lakes and wetlands function, Professors Jørgensen and Mitsch have contributed substantially to understanding how to make human use of them more sustainable and how to protect them better in the future.
Professor Jørgensen, 69, is a professor of environmental chemistry at the Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Copenhagen. Professor Mitsch, 56, is a professor of natural resources and environmental science and director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
Their theoretical and applied work on lake and wetland ecosystems, management of lake and wetland water quality, and lake, river and wetland conservation, restoration and usage has been acknowledged and implemented in both developing and developed countries.
The scientific fields of the Laureates complement one another and they share the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize and the $150,000 (USD) Prize.
The Stockholm Water Prize was established in 1990 by the Stockholm Water Foundation and is presented annually in honor of outstanding achievements in water science, management, action or awareness building. Prize Laureates from all over the world have represented many water-related disciplines including academia, education and research, development aid and charity, engineering and law.
Founders of the Stockholm Water Prize are Anglian Water, Bacardi, DuPont, Europeiska Insurance, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, General Motors, Grundfos Management, Hewlett Packard, ITT Flygt, Kaupthing Bank Sverige, Kemira Kemwater, KPMG Sweden, P&G Ragn-Sells, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Snecma, Stockholm Water Festival, Swedish Railways (SJ), Uponor Group, and Water Environment Federation.