Mead - Chapter 17
In 1970 Margaret Mead became the first woman to win the coveted Kalinga
Prize. This prize, endowed by a wealthy benefactor from India, was
described as follows: "The Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of
Science is an international distinction created by UNESCO in 1952. The
recipient of this annual award must have distinguished him- or herself
during a brilliant career as writer, editor, lecturer, film producer,
radio/television programme director or presenter, through his/her
talent in interpreting science and technology for the general public."
This item is her acceptance speech, and finds her at her oratorical
best in visualizing a future world loaded with new challenges and new
opportunities. Among the challenges she addresses are population
growth, endangerment of air and water quality, depletion of
nonrenewable resources, and social inequity. Among the opportunities
she envisions are the new information and communication technology, and
the general inventiveness of science and technology.