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Wallace Smith Broecker

American scientist

Wallace Smith Broecker is ...


Born 29 November 1931 in Chicago
Died 18 February 2019 in Manhattan
Age 87 years, 3 months
Cause congestive heart failure

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation geologist, oceanographer, biogeochemist, university teacher, environmentalist and geophysicist
Awards Arthur L. Day Medal, Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Balzan Prize, Wollaston Medal, Benjamin Franklin Medal, Alexander Agassiz Medal, National Medal of Science, Blue Planet Prize, V. M. Goldschmidt Award, Vetlesen Prize, A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in the Marine Sciences, Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship, Urey Medal, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, Crafoord Prize in Geosciences, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Foreign Member of the Royal Society, Roger Revelle Medal and Honorary doctor of the Harvard University
Member of Royal Society, National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences

About Wallace Smith Broecker

Wallace Smith Broecker, born on November 29, 1931, was an American scientist who made significant contributions to the field of climate science. Known as the "Grandfather of Climate Science," Broecker was a pioneer in the study of the Earth's climate and its impact on the environment.

Broecker's research focused on the carbon cycle and the role of the oceans in regulating the Earth's climate. He was the first to identify the concept of the "global conveyor belt," a system of ocean currents that circulates heat and nutrients around the world. His work also highlighted the impact of human activity on the environment, particularly in relation to carbon emissions and global warming.

Throughout his career, Broecker received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to science, including the National Medal of Science in 1996. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and served as the editor of the journal Paleoceanography.

Broecker passed away on February 18, 2019, at the age of 87. His legacy continues to inspire scientists and policymakers around the world to take action to address the urgent issue of climate change.


- "Wallace Smith Broecker, a Prophet of Climate Change, Dies at 87" - The New York Times

- "Wallace Smith Broecker" - National Academy of Sciences

- "Wallace S. Broecker: A Life in Climate Science" - Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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