Legion of Honor Awarded Dr. Susan Solomon
Dr. Susan Solomon, senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor on November 10 at a ceremony in Paris.
In awarding the Legion of Honor to Dr. Solomon, France wants to honor an exceptional scientific figure and underscore the important ties between American and French researchers.
Dr. Solomon is a leading figure in atmospheric and climate research. Her work in the mid-1980s made it possible to identify the chemistry and mechanisms involved in the destruction of the ozone layer above the two poles.
Between 2002 and 2008, Dr. Solomon co-chaired Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The group’s work culminated in “Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis,” a report that helped the world understand the severity of global warming. Her group’s achievements were honored by the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, which the IPCC shared with former Vice President Al Gore.
A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a foreign associate member of the Académie des Sciences de l’Institut Français, Susan Solomon was ranked among the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine in 2008. In 2000 she received the National Medal of Science, the U.S.’s highest scientific honor, and was awarded the Grande Médaille de l’Académie des Sciences Française in 2008.
The author of several historical and scientific works including The Coldest March (Yale University Press, 2001), which chronicles Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic 1911-1912 South Pole expedition, Dr. Solomon continues to participate in the public debate while pursuing her work as a research chemist at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado
The ceremony will be held at the Salon des Beauvais at the Palais des Affaires Etrangères and will be presided over by Pierre Sellal, secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
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