, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 227-236
Date: 05 Sep 2012

Distinguished Economic Botanist Award

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The recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Economic Botanist Award from the Society for Economic Botany is Dr.Djaja (Doel) Djendoel Soejarto. Dr. Soejarto is Professor of Pharmacognosy in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He was editor of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology for many years, and is a world leader in the quest for new medicinal compounds from plants. Following is the text of Dr. Soejarto’s acceptance speech, which he presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany, held jointly at Frostburg State University and Allegany College.

Dr. Djaja Djendoel Soejarto

The Power of Collaboration

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety–nine percent perspiration.”

—Thomas Alva Edison

On July 20 of last year, I received a letter from Dr. Rainer Bussmann informing me that I had been selected to be recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Economic Botanist. I felt elated. But soon that elation turned into a d