Log In

Lester Russell Brown Edit Profile

research and development company executive

Lester Russell Brown, American research and development company executive.


Brown, Lester Russell was born on March 28, 1934 in Bridgeton, New Jersey, United States. Son of Calvin C. and Delia (Smith) Brown.


Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science, Rutgers University, 1955. Master of Arts in Agricultural Economics, University Maryland, 1959. Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 1962.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Dickinson College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Maryland. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Franklin College.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Williams College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Rutgers University. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Glassboro State College.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Tufts University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), College of Wooster. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Clark University.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Ripon College. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Otterbein College. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Pisa.

Doctor of Science (honorary), McGill University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Notre Dame. Doctor of Public Service (honorary), Northland College.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Lawrence University. Doctor of Science (honorary), Claremont College. Doctor of Social Science (honorary), Villanova University.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Westminster College, Utah. Doctor of Science (honorary), Westminster College, Pennsylvania. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Connecticut.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Ohio State University. Doctor of Science (honorary), Hitotsubashi University. Doctor of Science (honorary), Michigan State University.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Agronomic Science & Veterinary Medicine, Romania, 2010.


With Department of Agriculture, 1958—1969, administrator international agriculture development service, 1966-1969. Advisory to secretary United States Department Agriculture, Washington, 1965—1969. Senior fellow Overseas Development Council, 1969-1974.

President, founder Worldwatch Institute, Washington, 1974-2000, Earth Policy Institute, Washington, since 2001. Faculty Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1971, 1974. Guest scholar Aspen Institute, summers 1972-1974.

Senior advisory Japanese Ministry Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishery. Vice chairman Advisory Committee of the United States China Associate Environmental Education. Honorary professor University Shanghai, China, 2003.

Honorary professor University Shanghai, 2003, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2005.



Member advisory committee Institute International Economics,United Nations Foundation, Eco-Policy Center/Rutgers University. Member board advisors International Fund for China's Environment. Board directors Institute for Sustainable Development, Poland.

Treasurer and board member Farview Foundation. Member advisory council International Fund for Agricultural Research. Advisor Clean Up the World Project, Australia, International Council Earth Day 2000.

Member advisory board Center for a New American Dream. Member national advisory board Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth). Member advisory committee Internews.

Member advisory board Green House Network. Board patrons International Network Green Planners. Member steering committee Ecological Cities Project, University Massachusetts.

Director Japan for Sustainability. Member advisory council Ecology channel. Honorary advisor Institute Environmental Culture.

Advisor Earth Focus, World Link television's Environmental News Program. Fellow World Business Academy. Member Council Foreign Relations, World Future Society, Cosmos Club, Sierra Club (advisory council for excellence in environmental engineering), Race Stop Global Warming (advisory board), Globalist (global advisory board), Habi Media (board directors), Global Footprint Network (advisory council member), Romanian Academy of Sciences, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Science (honorary advisor), Child Honoring (advisory council).


Married Shirley Ann Woolington, June 12, 1960 (divorced). Children: Brian, Brenda.

Calvin C. Brown

Delia (Smith) Brown

Shirley Ann Woolington

Brenda Brown

Brian Brown