Dr. Cox currently serves as director and CEO of the congressionally chartered National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii and Florida. In 1997 Time Magazine honored Dr. Cox as one of 11 "Heroes of Medicine" for his ongoing search for new medicines from plants. For his efforts in saving tropical rainforests, in 1997 he shared the $75,000 Goldman Prize, known as the "Nobel Prize" of the environment.
Dr. Cox also shares something in common with Ralph Waldo Emerson. He too was honored with Harvard University's most prestigious literary award-the Bowdoin Prize-becoming one of the first individuals since Emerson to receive the award twice.