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Andrew Bastawrous, an ophthalmologist in Britain, won a Rolex Award in 2016 for his project to prevent millions of people in low-income countries from going blind from diseases that are entirely treatable in the developed world. Nominated by Google as the best social impact app in 2017, his Peek system uses a device attached to… Read more

People often say they’d go to the ends of the Earth to realize their dreams, but in the case of Chilean explorer Cristian Donoso this is no metaphor but reality. Donoso has devoted the past dozen years to exploring the wilds of Patagonia and Antarctica, usually in a kayak and often alone, alerting the world… Read more

A Rolex Award has given a Bolivian biologist opportunities to spread her conservation philosophy – one that focuses on inspiring local people to save their own environment – to other countries. When Bolivian biologist Erika Cuéllar won a Rolex Award in 2012 for her conservation work in the Gran Chaco, she never imagined the publicity… Read more

Kikuo Morimoto, a Japanese silk-weaver who revived Cambodia’s thousand-year-old silk tradition, has died. A Laureate of the 2004 Rolex Awards, Morimoto bequeaths to his adopted country not only the ancient craft that came close to disappearing after the conflicts that tore the nation apart, but the entire production process as it had existed for centuries.… Read more

In 1976, Rolex chose to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oyster, the world’s first waterproof watch, by setting up the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. This philanthropic programme was designed to support pioneers with groundbreaking ideas all over the world, those who had the passion, determination and leadership to contribute to the welfare of mankind.… Read more