John Cherry, a distinguished professor emeritus of hydrogeology, has been awarded the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize.
The Stockholm Water Prize honours individuals and organizations for work that helps conserve and protect water resources. Professor Cherry is the first hydrogeologist and second Canadian to win the international award.
He is an internationally recognized and sought-after advocate for the monitoring, management, and protection of groundwater resources. He co-authored the definitive textbook Groundwater in 1979 and led a groundwater research group for decades. He has also been recognized for his contributions by being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Fellow of the America Academy of Engineering, and receiving the Singapore Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize in 2016.
This summer, Professor Cherry will launch the Groundwater Project, a series of free e-books and online resources in several languages for users ranging from water experts to school age children. The project will be based at the University of Guelph where Professor Cherry is an adjunct professor and principal investigator with Guelph’s G360 Institute for Groundwater Research.