Peter and Rosemary Grant from Princeton University, have been studying finches in Daphne Major Island in the Galapagos since 1973. And just like Charles Darwin, their research on the islands for almost 4 decades has produced a number of amazing insights into the theory of Evolution.
For most part of the year, you are sure to see both husband and wife on the island when we visit it aboard Grace or Evolution. This photo was taken while on our visit to Daphne Major.
In 2009, Peter and Rosemary were awarded the Kyoto Prize. Presented by the Inamori Foundation of Japan, this prize is considered a major international merit. It honors lifetime achievements in the categories of basic science, advanced technology, philosophy and arts. The award included a cash prize of 50 million yen (approx. $500,000 US dollars).
The Inamori Foundation stated in a news release announcing the award, that: "the Grants' empirical research has made the most important contribution since Darwin toward making evolutionary biology a science in which proof is possible." You can read more on the history of the Galapagos here ---> Galapagos History.
Peter and Rosemary continue with their wonderful work in the Galapagos year after year.
Indeed, the value of solitude is evident in all realms of life; Darwin escaped to the woods for hours and emphatically refused dinner party invitations