The Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series

The Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of Professor Henry W. Kendall (1926-1999) who was the J.A. Stratton professor of physics at MIT. Professor Kendall received the Nobel Prize in 1990 for research that provided the first experimental evidence for quarks. He had a deep commitment to understanding and finding solutions to the multiple environmental problems facing the world today and in the future. The permanently endowed Kendall Lecture allows MIT faculty and students to be introduced to forefront areas in global change science by leading researchers. For more information please contact: Brandon Milardo,

A founding member of the Union of Concerned Scientists in 1969, he served as its chair for 25 years. Prof. Kendall was deeply involved with arms control and nuclear power safety issues. He played a leading role in organizing scientific community statements on global problems, including the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity in 1992 and the Call for Action at the Kyoto Climate Summit in 1997. His publications included, "Energy Strategies: Toward a Solar Future" (1980), "Beyond the Freeze" (1982), "Fallacy of Star Ways" (1985), and "Crisis Stability and Nuclear War" (1988). He received the Bertram Russell Society award in 1992, the Environmental Leadership award from Tufts University's Lincoln Filene Center in 1991, the Ettore Majorana-Erice Science for Peace prize in 1994, the Award for Leadership in Environmental Stewardship from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in 1997 and the Nicholson Medal for Humanitarian Services from the American Physical Society in 1998.

Past Lectures

2017: Thomas R. Karl, Independent Scholar and Past Director of the National Climatic Data Center - NOAA
Climate Data: Mysteries, wonders, and reality

2015: Professor Jochem Marotzke, Director, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg 
Recent Global Temperature Trends: What Do They Tell Us About Anthropogenic Climate Change?

2014: Professor Richard Alley, Penn State University
Ice Sheets and Sea Level: Is the Long Tail Attached to a Dragon?

2013: Drew T. Shindell, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
How Air Pollution Affects Climate & What We Can Do About It

2012: Jonathan Foley, Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
How Can We Feed a Growing World and Sustain the Planet

2011: Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The State of Environmental Protection in the Nation 

2010: David Battisti, Tamaki Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
Geoengineering Climate on a Regional Scale

2009: Lonnie Thompson, University Distinguished Professor, School of Earth Sciences, and Senior Research Scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center
Global Climate Change: A Paleoclimate Perspective from the World's Highest Mountains

2008: Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Global and Regional Climate Change: Underlying Science and Emerging Riddles

2007: Stephen H. Schneider, Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, and Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Stanford University
Uncertainties in Climate Forecasts: Causes, Magnitudes and Policy Implications

2006: Jerry M. Melillo, Co-Director and Senior Scientist, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory
Changes in the Land: Environmental Stresses and the Terrestrial Biosphere's Capacity to Store Carbon

2005: Martin Claussen, Professor of Climate Physics, and Managing Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam University
Vegetation Dynamics and the Earth System

2004: George M. Woodwell, Director and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center
DISRUPTION: Climatic and Political

2003: Pamela Matson, Professor of Environmental Studies, Stanford University
Agricultural Intensification in the Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico: Will it 'Save Land for Nature'

2002: Inez Fung, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of California, Berkeley
The Global Carbon Cycle: Then, Now, and What's Next

2001: Jane Lubchenco, Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University
Seas the Day: New Science for Navigating Unchartered Waters