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Further Award


Awarded annually, the Further Award recognizes a leader in exploration whose work is uniquely innovative, timely and impactful, pushing beyond the markers of progress in their field and furthering our understanding of the world.

2017 Awardees

Picture of Dr. Bertrand Piccard for Solar Impulse
Photograph courtesy Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo.ch

Dr. Bertrand Piccard for Solar Impulse

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the first airplane capable of flying without fuel, in which Piccard recently completed the first successful around-the-world solar-powered flight with cofounder André Borschberg. No stranger to circumnavigation, Piccard and partner Brian Jones were the first to complete a non-stop balloon flight around the globe.

Piccard conceived Solar Impulse as a platform to raise public awareness and encourage political action in favor of clean technologies and renewable energy. In 2016, he announced the establishment of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions.

Piccard has become an influential voice across the globe as a forward-thinking leader in progress and sustainability.

Picture of André Borschberg for Solar Impulse
Photograph courtesy Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo.ch

André Borschberg for Solar Impulse

André Borschberg is co-founder, CEO and pilot of Solar Impulse, the first airplane capable of flying without fuel. As a mechanical engineer and pilot, Borschberg led the design and construction of the aircraft and prepared the flight missions resulting in the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe in a solar airplane.

During the Japan-to-Hawaii leg of the mission, Borschberg broke the world record for the longest solo flight in an airplane of any kind, by flying non-stop 5 days and 5 nights.

Borschberg, a serial entrepreneur, trained as a pilot in the Swiss air force, and has degrees in mechanics and thermodynamics, as well as a Master in Management Science from MIT.