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Donella Meadows

Donella Meadows (March 13, 1941 Elgin, Illinois, USA - February 20, 2001, New Hampshire) was a pioneering environmental scientist, a teacher and writer. She was the leader author of Limits to Growth, and proposed the twelve leverage points to intervene in a system.

She educated in science, earning a B.A. in chemistry from Carleton College in 1963 and a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University in 1968. She was then a research fellow at MIT, a protégé of Jay Forrester[?], the inventor of system dynamics as well as the principle of magnetic data storage for computers.

In 1972 she was on the MIT team that produced the global computer model "World3[?]" for the Club of Rome and provided the basis for The Limits to Growth. The book made headlines around the world, and began a debate about the limits of the Earth's capacity to support human economic expansion, a debate that continues to this day.

In 1981, Donella Meadows founded the International Network of Resource Information Centers (INRIC[?]), a global process of information sharing and collaboration among hundreds of leading academics, researchers, and activists in the broader sustainability movement.

She was the founder of the Sustainability Institute[?], combining research in global systems with practical demonstrations of sustainable living, including the development of an ecovillage and organic farm.

She was honored both as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and Environment[?] and as a MacArthur Fellow[?]. She received the Walter C. Paine Science Education Award[?] in 1990.

Donella wrote a weekly column called "The Global Citizen," nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1991, commenting on world events from a systems point of view.

Limits to Growth reported a study of long-term global trends in population, economics and the environment.

Dana Meadows was a leading voice in the "sustainability movement," an international effort to reverse damaging trends in the environment, economy, and social systems. Her work is widely recognized as a formative influence on hundreds of other academic studies, government policy initiatives, and international agreements.


The Electronic Oracle: Computer Models and Social Decisions (1983)
The Global Citizen (1991)
Limits to Growth (1972)
Beyond the Limits (1992)

External links

Sustainability Institute (http://www.sustainer.org/)
The Global Citizen, bi-weekly column by Meadows (http://iisd1.iisd.ca/pcdf/meadows/)
Obituary (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~envs/obituary.shtml)

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