Gordon Conway

Sir Gordon Richard Conway KCMG FRS FRGS FREng (born 6 July 1938) is an agricultural ecologist and former President of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Royal Geographical Society. He is currently Professor of International Development at Imperial College, London and Director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on European support of agricultural development in Africa.

Sir Gordon Conway
Gordon Richard Conway

(1938-07-06)6 July 1938
Alma materBangor University
Cambridge University
University of the West Indies
University of California, Davis
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society (2004)
KCMG (2005)
Founder's Medal (2017)
Scientific career
FieldsAgricultural Ecology
InstitutionsImperial College London
University of California, Davis
The Rockefeller Foundation
ThesisA Basic Model of Insect Reproduction and its Implications for Pest Control (1969)


Conway was educated at the Bangor University, Cambridge University and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of California, Davis.


In the early 1960s, working in Sabah, North Borneo, he became one of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management. From 1970 to 1986, he was Professor of Environmental Technology at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He then directed the sustainable agriculture program of the International Institute for Environment and Development in London before becoming Representative of the Ford Foundation in New Delhi from 1988 to 1992. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Chair of the Institute of Development Studies.[1][2][3][4][5]

He was elected the eleventh President of The Rockefeller Foundation in April 1998, a position he held until 2004. [6] From 2004 to 2009 he was also President of the Royal Geographical Society.[7] He took up his appointment as the UK Department for International Development's Chief Scientific Adviser in January 2005, serving until 2009.[8][9][10][11][12]

Conway now works at Imperial College London and heads the Bill & Melinda Gates funded project Agriculture for Impact looking into ways to increase and enhance agricultural development for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex.

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He has authored:

  • Unwelcome Harvest: agriculture and pollution (Earthscan, Island Press) ISBN 1-85383-036-4
  • The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st century (Penguin and University Press, Cornell) ISBN 0-8014-8610-6
  • Islamophobia: a challenge for us all (The Runnymede Trust) ISBN 0-902397-98-2.

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