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

Young Laureates in 2014, Francesco Sauro and Hosam Zowawi joined forces for an expedition to a pristine world hidden beneath South America’s table-top mountains where they have uncovered life forms that may hold the key to critical advances in medical science. A recent expedition by two Rolex Laureates in caverns deep beneath the table-top mountains… Read more

Indian conservationist Arun Krishnamurthy, whose campaign to restore his nation’s lakes and ponds began with his decision to remove rubbish from a single pond in his own neighbourhood in Chennai (formerly Madras, in south-eastern India) 10 years ago, is taking on his biggest challenge yet. In April this year, Krishnamurthy and EFI (the Environmentalist Foundation… Read more

Michel André

Listening to the sounds of silence

April 25, 2017

Two Rolex Laureates from very different scientific fields are working together in one of the most silent places on the planet – the caves below the Amazon’s table-top mountains – to record the whispers that speak volumes about our natural order. By Julian Cribb Rolex Laureates Francesco Sauro and Michel André propose to explore the… Read more

German veterinary surgeon and 2002 Rolex Associate Laureate Ilse Köhler-Rollefson has been presented with a prestigious Indian prize – the Nari Shakti Puraskar (Women’s Power Award) – for devoting over 25 years to saving Rajasthan’s camel herds, which are at the heart of the way of life of India’s Raika people. Köhler-Rollefson said that when… Read more