MADRID, June 13 (Xinhua) -- American oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle has won the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, the Spanish foundation announced on Wednesday.
The foundation acknowledged Earle for having "dedicated her life to exploiting and researching the seabed and the conservation of the oceans". The marine biologist has carried out more than 100 expeditions all over the world, and has more than 7,000 hours of research-related deep-sea diving under her belt.
Known as 'Her Deepness', Earle is also a researcher, manager, and teacher and is the author of more than 200 publications, among them books such as "Deep Frontier, Sea Change", "Wild Ocean", "The Atlas of the Ocean" and "Blue Hope".
The documentary "Mission Blue" reviews her career and won the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Award for outstanding editing documentary and long form.
She holds more than 25 honorary degrees and was recognized as a 'living legend' by the United States Library of Congress.
This is the eighth and last Princess of Asturias Awards bestowed this year. The remaining awards will be announced in the following weeks.
The Princess of Asturias Awards, which will be presented next fall in Oviedo, Spain, in the country's northern region of Asturias, "are aimed at rewarding the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions."
The prize includes 50,000 euros (58,922 U.S. dollars), a sculpture of Joan Miro, a diploma and an insignia. (1 euro = 1.17 U.S. dollars)