November 21, 2008
For her scientific achievements, including pioneering research that helped explain the cause of the ozone hole, and her leadership as co-chair of Working Group 1 for the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report, NOAA Senior Scientist Susan Solomon will receive the Grande Medaille from the Institute of France’s Academy of Sciences.
“This is yet another prestigious recognition of the talent and scientific skill of one of NOAA’s exemplary scientists,” said Dr. William J. Brennan, acting 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 great pride in this accomplishment.”
Solomon is a senior scientist at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. She will attend an award ceremony Nov. 25 in Paris.
The “grande medaille” was created in 1997 and is awarded annually to a French or foreign scholar who had made transformative contributions to science through his or her personal research and international presence.
Earlier this year, Solomon was named a Foreign Member of United Kingdom’s The Royal Society. The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. Solomon was one of eight new foreign members, a special designation for those outside of the United Kingdom.NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.