Science is Culture

Stephen Schneider Remembered

Stephen Schneider, a friend of Seed’s and a giant of climate science, passed away yesterday. He was 65.

Stephen participated in a Seed Salon a few years ago with Laurie David. I just re-read it and found this quote: “My students are always asking, ‘Aren’t you frustrated to death? Nothing you do makes any immediate difference.’ What I keep trying to tell them is, the truth matters, but it’s on a generational time frame.”

Did anyone have Stephen as a professor or advisor at Stanford?

From the obituary in the New York Times:

Dr. Schneider wrote books on the effects of climate change on areas as diverse as politics and wildlife. He advised the administration of every president from Richard M. Nixon to Barack Obama and was part of a United Nations panel on climate change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.

Mr. Gore called Dr. Schneider “a prolific researcher and author, co-founder of the journal Climatic Change and a wonderful communicator” who greatly contributed “to the advancement of climate science.”

In an interview on Monday, the biologist and population expert Paul R. Ehrlich said, “I don’t think anybody has worked harder and longer to educate the public on climate issues in particular and science issues in general.”

Comments

  1. #1 cg
    August 9, 2010

    Dear Adam,

    I read this tribute a couple of weeks ago and thought it was very nice of you to mention Dr. Schneider.

    I was also thrilled to see you begin a blog and learn about the discussions you were having with remaining Scienceblogs writers. However, as a long-time reader, I’m very disappointed with the results of the efforts that may or may not be going into maintaining the community. The only things I’m hearing have been posted on others’ blogs and makes it look like maintaining quality blogs or nurturing new ones, which have a variety of viewpoints and expertise, is not a priority for scienceblogs.

    Many of your most thoughtful and interesting bloggers have left. Your blog seems to have lapsed. I’m left wondering if there’s any reason to keep paying attention. This has been a terrific network for quite sometime and I would love to see it continue.

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