By MICHELE LIAN
DR PAUL ALAN COX dreams of finding a cure for AIDS, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The 51-year-old ethnobotanist has, for the last 30 years, been living with the indigenous people of Polynesia, fighting to save the forests in which they live while scouring them for drugs to halt incurable human diseases.
Cox, who dedicates his time to studying plants and how they can benefit people, was hailed by Time magazine in 1997 as one of its “Heroes of Medicine” for his search for new medicines from plants. That same year, he was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his forest preservation efforts.