Dr. Susan Solomon, Senior Scientist, NOAA/ERL
NOAA senior scientist Susan Solomon has altered the course of atmospheric research through her pioneering role in the international scientific community's efforts to discover the cause of depleted atmospheric ozone in the Antarctic, known as the ozone "hole." Her research has also helped institute a global ban on the chemicals that destroy atmospheric ozone and, consequently, threaten human health worldwide.
She studied chemistry at the Illinois Institute of Technology and then earned a doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. She then went to work at NOAA's Aeronomy Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where she has spent her entire professional career.
The nation and the world have recognized Dr. Solomon for her scientific achievements. She has received many national and international awards including the National Medal of Science, the Montreal Protocol Tenth Anniversary Award from the United Nations Environment Programme, and the prestigious Blue Planet Prize in 2004. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences, and the Academy of Sciences of France.
In addition to her service to science on the national and international level, Dr. Solomon is dedicated to fostering the interests of students and the general public in science."