Dr. Juan Grau is a prominent Chilean physician, and he has been General Secretary of the "Instituto de Ecologia de Chile" since 1975. Dr. Grau has influenced national consciousness of the environment through a weekly column in the newspaper, books and lectures.
He has also initiated projects to protect wilderness areas and endangered species. He was honoured by the Scientific Society of Chile as the most outstanding ecologist for the period 1980-85.
In 1992 during the National Meeting of Science and Culture, he received the Award "Chile XXI Century".