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May 29, 2008
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NOAA Senior Scientist Susan Solomon, whose pioneering research has helped explain the cause of the ozone hole and for her leadership as co-chair of Working Group 1 for the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report, has been elected as a Foreign Member of The Royal Society of the United Kingdom.
“This is yet another prestigious recognition of the talent and scientific skill of one of NOAA’s exemplary scientists,” said Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) undersecretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “While this is a major personal achievement for Dr. Solomon, we at NOAA also take pride in this accomplishment.”
Solomon, a senior scientist at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., is the first NOAA scientist to be elected to The Royal Society.
The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the United Kingdom academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.
Solomon is one in eight new foreign members, a special designation for those outside the United Kingdom. She also joins 44 new Fellows from the United Kingdom as well as one Honorary Fellow.
Solomon has been invited to participate in a variety of activities this July in London in recognition of the new class of Fellows.
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