On July 17, 1819, Eunice Foote was born. Thirty-some years later, the amateur climate scientist made the remarkable discovery that when sunlight shines on carbon dioxide in a closed container—our atmosphere, for example—heat builds up inside. She has since been forgotten, however she was a critical individual in the evolution of our understanding of Climate Change.
An associate research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, where she recently partnered with colleagues to study climate models and tree rings, and discovered that climate change has been affecting drought since 1900.
Solomon was the third-most-highly cited geoscientist in the world during the decade of the 1990s according to Science Watch newsletter. She is the author or co-author of nearly 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as the author or editor of three books. The recipient of many honorary degrees and other prizes and honors, she is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the European Academy of Sciences, and the French Academy of Sciences. In 1999, she was awarded the National Medal of Science, and in 2008, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS). In 2018, Solomon shared the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Geosciences with Syukoro Manabe. The Solomon Glacier in Antarctica is named in her honor.
judith a. curry
Curry is the author or co-author of more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as the co-author or editor of three books. She has received many research grants, been invited to give numerous public lectures, and participated in many workshops, discussion panels, and committees, both in the US and abroad. In 2007, Curry was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
She is an atmospheric scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center. She is also the CEO of the consulting firm ATMOS Research and Consulting.