«Jon Mathieu, born in 1952, of Engadin origins, studied history, anthropology and psychology. He is professor of History at the University of Lucerne, and has conducted some outstanding research on the Alps. Jon Mathieu is distinguished for his studies on culture and history of the Alps, his leading role in shaping alpine research institutions and especially for his scientific collaboration with partners in the Andes and the Himalayas.
Jon Mathieu's early research results were published in «Bauern und Bären», on Lower Engadin societal relations from 1650 to 1800. Among many other books, he later published «Geschichte der Alpen 1500 bis 1900 – Umwelt, Entwicklung, Gesellschaft». His numerous publications and papers on the culture and history of the Alps have been an inspiration to students and laypeople alike.»
Albert Mountain Award 2008