Perry L. McCarty, Stanford professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, has won the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize for his pioneering work in the design and operation of water and wastewater systems.
The prize was announced Thursday in the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C. It includes a $150,000 award and a crystal sculpture.
The award will be presented to McCarty Aug. 16 in Stockholm by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
McCarty joined the Stanford faculty in 1962.
He is known for designing wastewater processes that use anaerobic (oxygen-less) treatment systems that rely on chemical reactions by microbes.
"Professor McCarty has defined the field of environmental biotechnology that is the basis for small-scale and large-scale pollution control and safe drinking water systems," according to the citation from the awards committee.
The Stockholm Water Prize is presented annually for education, research and water-management innovations.