Skip to content


Fellows Directory

Gordon Conway

Gordon Conway

Sir Gordon Conway KCMG FREng FRS


Elected: 2004


Gordon Conway was an ecologist with a special interest in agricultural pest control and biotechnology. As a pioneer in the sustainable management of agricultural land, Gordon applied his knowledge for the benefit of the developing world, having worked extensively in Borneo, Indonesia, Thailand and later in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Gordon strongly believed in the role of science in policy development, and he headed the Agriculture for Impact initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This project aims to provide sustainable livelihoods for communities in Africa through intensified small-holder farming. Notably, in the past he organised the supply of bed-nets impregnated with insecticide — a contribution that has helped to dramatically reduce infant mortality in East Africa.

Gordon had wide research interests, publishing books on agriculture and pollution as well as the global food crisis. In the 1990s, and in parallel to his scientific and policy work, he chaired the Runnymede Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia.

Sir Gordon Conway KCMG FREng FRS died on 30 July 2023.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Ecology (incl behavioural ecology), Agricultural and forest science
  • Health and human sciences
    • Clinical epidemiology
  • Other
    • Public understanding of science, Science policy
Was this page useful?
Thank you for your feedback
Thank you for your feedback. Please help us improve this page by taking our short survey.