Professor Perry L. McCarty from Stanford University, USA has won the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize for his pioneering work in developing a scientific approach to the design and operation of water and wastewater systems.
Ulf Ehlin, the Scientific Director of Stockholm Water Foundation made the announcement on Thursday at a seminar marking World Water Day in Stockholm. On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Ehlin said that Professor McCarty's work has led to a more efficient biological treatment processes, in particular anaerobic (oxygen free) treatment systems for municipal and industrial wastewater, biological nutrient removal and the development and use of bioreactors.
Professor McCarty has established the role of fundamental microbiology and chemistry in the design of bioreactors. He has defined the field of environmental biotechnology which is now the basis for both small and large-scale pollution control and safe drinking water systems.
The Stockholm Water Prize is a global award founded in 1990 and presented annually by the Stockholm Water Foundation to an individual, organization or institution for outstanding water-related activities within fields such as education and awareness, human and international relations, research, water management and water-related aid.
The Stockholm Water Prize Laureate receives US$150,000 along with a glass sculpture, which will be presented on August 16 during the 2007 World Water Week in Stockholm. H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is the Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize.
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An environmental engineer, Professor McCarty has applied his vast knowledge of physical, chemical, biological and microbiological processes to make an outstanding technical development widely used all over the world as the basis for design and operation of wastewater treatment systems.
Professor McCarty's other important contribution was the identity of mechanisms for biodegradation and the fate of hazardous and anthropogenic trace chemicals as well as appropriate engineering for water quality improvement of ground and surface water and soils.
All of his earlier research findings and theoretical developments have been incorporated into these recent studies and culminate in his fundamental theory on water quality improvement in groundwater as well as the biological treatment of polluted soils. This is an enormous accomplishment and brings together a unified concept derived from physical, chemical and biological phenomena into an integrated management system for water quality improvement. His work has also led to the development and practical implementation of methods to treat toxic chemicals in groundwater, especially chlorinated pollutants from industry.
Professor McCarty has published over 300 papers in water science, environmental engineering, and microbiology science journals �C 50 papers just in the last 10 years. His two textbooks on the chemistry, biology, and design of treatment systems for municipal and industrial wastewater are used daily by engineers all over the world.
Professor McCarty has been an educator and researcher at Stanford since 1962 and he has been very successful in attracting and developing outstanding doctoral students to the university. Furthermore Professor McCarty furthermore was for 14 years the director of the Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored Western Regional Hazardous Substances Research Center.
By People's Daily Online