Sheffield Alumni Philanthropists Recognised with Prestigious Carnegie Medal
28th August 2015
World-renowned philanthropist and Sheffield alumnus Jeremy Grantham, together with his wife Hanne, have been awarded the 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for their environmental protection efforts.
The Carnegie Medal is named in honour of famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), and recognises those who have dedicated their private wealth to the public good. The recipients are recognised as being among the most charitable and visionary philanthropists in America, who embody the spirit of giving set forth by Andrew Carnegie, each having had significant and lasting impact on a particular field, nation, or the international community. Together, Jeremy and Hanne established The Grantham Foundation which is dedicated to raising awareness of urgent environmental issues, and supports individuals and organisations working to find solutions. To this end, last year Jeremy and Hanne donated £2.6 million to the University the largest individual gift received from an alumnus in the last decade to establish the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. The Centre has built upon the University's world leading sustainability research, with a particular focus on areas including food and energy security. Developing on the University's 'Project Sunshine', the Centre unites world-leading researchers from across the faculties of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences to work towards a truly inter-disciplinary response to the challenges of sustainability and climate change. On hearing the news of the award Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University said: "The University was delighted to learn that Jeremy and Hanne Grantham are to receive the 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of their tremendous support for environmental causes. "They have been outstanding supporters of our Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures helping to generate international debates about sustainability. The award of this medal is a great tribute to their generosity." The donation has also led to the creation of eleven Grantham Scholars, each of whom are tackling environmental sustainability challenges, developing applications for science which can be put into policy. Jeremy was raised in South Yorkshire, and went on to study Economics at the University, graduating in 1961. He then went on into the world of investment management and is currently a strategist at GMO which he co-founded. In 2012 Jeremy returned to the University to receive an Honorary Doctorate, in recognition of his philanthropic work. In 1998 Jeremy co-founded the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment with his wife Hanne, with the aim of raising awareness of urgent environmental issues. The Grantham Foundation now works with organisations around the world to support projects in environmental protection, with an emphasis on climate change.