Columbia Professor key to climate science, dies at 87

Professor Emeritus Wallace Broecker, a noted climate scientist with Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, died 18 February 2019 at the age of 87. His scientific contributions are being touted in major news sources, notably his landmark paper on increased carbon dioxide levels as a predictor of rises in global temperatures, which gave us “global warming” as a popular descriptor.

Located in the oral history archives is an interview with Prof. Broecker from 1997. The interview is wide-ranging, but a through line is Professor Broecker’s conviction that one must stand up for the science.

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The transcript is available for review in the RBML readings rooms. Or, as the Lamont-Doherty Observatory oral history collection is also available online, you can read the transcripts via the American Institute of Physics website.