Honorary Degrees
1918 - Present

George W. Archibald 
Doctor of Science  1995
Status: conferred

George Archibald has devoted his professional life to the preservation of endangered species and the environment. Through his doctoral studies at Cornell University, he examined the comparative ethology of cranes and evolutionary relationships. A native of Canada, he continues his work as director of the U.S. based International Crane Foundation (ICF), which he helped to organize 20 years ago to ensure the propagation of cranes in the wild. He established a "species bank" of captive cranes used successfully in breeding and has studied the ecology of several species of cranes in Australia, Asia, and North America. In 1993 the National Audubon Society recognized Archibald with its Distinguished Conservationist Award. For his accomplishments in ornithology, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation presented him with the 1984 MacArthur Award. The National Wildlife Federation named the International Crane Foundation the 1988 "Organization of the Year." For his significant contributions aiding the survival of cranes and other creatures of the world's vanishing wetlands, and for his advancement of understanding of ecological issues, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon George W. Archibald the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.