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Susan Solomon

Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry & Climate Science
Secondary Appointment - Chemistry

Susan Solomon is internationally recognized as a leader in atmospheric science, particularly for her insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone "hole". She and her colleagues have made important contributions to understanding chemistry/climate coupling, including leading research on the irreversibility of global warming linked to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, and on the influence of the ozone hole on the climate of the southern hemisphere. Her current focus is on issues relating to both atmospheric chemistry and climate change.



Solomon Glacier (78°23'S, 162°30'E) and Solomon Saddle (78°23'S, 162°39'E) were named in honor of leadership in Antarctic research in l994 | Carl-Gustaf Rossby Medal, American Meteorological Society, January, 2000 | National Medal of Science, United States of America, March, 2000 | Blue Planet Prize, Asahi Glass Foundation, November, 2004 | Vienna Convention Award, November, 2005 | Bowie Medal, American Geophysical Union, 2007 | Grande Medaille, highest award of the French Academy of Sciences, 2008 | Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2008 | Member, US National Women's Hall of Fame, 2009 | BBVA Foundation, Frontiers of Knowledge Climate Change Award, 2012 | Honorary Member of the American Meteorological Society, 2013 | Vetlesen Prize, 2013 | Member: US National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society | Foreign member French Academy of Sciences, Royal Society, European Academy

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Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1981
M.S., Chemistry, UC Berkeley, 1979
B.S., Chemistry, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1977

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