Susan Solomon, Chemist. She is a leader in the fields of atmospheric science and climate change. In her work with NOAA, she was the solo leader of an expedition that gathered evidence to support our present-day understanding of the causes of increasing damage to the ozone layer. Her role in establishing the ties between atmosphere, climate, and human activity has been recognized both in the U.S. and abroad.
"What is really great about scientists is that you can have 10 scientist in the room and it doesn't matter if their native languages are different. They look at the data and are able to talk to each other in a very constructive way. That's truly incredible and it's also the reason I love being a scientist."
"We're used to thinking about pollution problems as things that we can fix. Smog, we just cut back and everything will be better later. Or haze, you know, it'll go away pretty quickly."
"People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide that the climate would go back to normal in 100 years or 200 years. What we're showing here is that's not right. It's essentially an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years.”
NPR, MIT, Photograph via NOAA