Dr. John Cherry

Steering Committee Chair and Project Leader, The Groundwater Project Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo; Leader of the Groundwater Project; Recipient of the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize and Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize

About this speaker

John A. Cherry holds geological engineering degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of California Berkley, and earned a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 1971 for field research on the migration and fate of contaminants in groundwater and their remediation. He retired from Waterloo in 2006, but he continues research as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

He co-authored the textbook "Groundwater" with R.A. Freeze (1979) and co-hods several patents, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Member of the U.S. Academy of Engineering. He was the Chair of the Canadian Expert Panel on the environmental impacts of shale gas development. He has received awards from the USA, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, 2016), IAH President's Award (2019) and the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize.

He is currently a Principal Investigator at the G360 Institute and Project Leader for the Groundwater Project (gw-project.org) a project aimed at democratizing groundwater education globally. He is the Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Contamination Research.


The Global Water Crisis Paradox: Groundwater, Food and Poverty

22 February 2023, 01:45 PM
John Cherry