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Wallace S. Broecker

Columbia University , New York, USA

Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His major research interest has been the ocean’s role in climate change. He was among the pioneers in radiocarbon and isotope dating, and the first person to recognize and name the Ocean Conveyor Belt. A prolific researcher, teacher, and author, he has published over 400 scientific articles and is the author or coauthor of several textbooks. His most recent book, The Great Ocean Conveyor: Discovering the Trigger for Abrupt Climate Change, published in spring by Princeton University Press. In 1979, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of both the American and European Geophysical Unions, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society. Among numerous other awards, in 2009 he received the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change from the BBVA Foundation.

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