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Milestones in Global Climate Change, by  Victor M. Ponce *
Contributor Name Lifespan Country Field Title Accomplishments Impact Reference
svante arrhenius Arrhenius, Svante August 1859-1927 Sweden Physics, physical chemistry Rector and Professor of Physics, Stockholm University, Sweden; Nobel Prize (Chemistry), 1903 Wrote a scientific paper entitled: On the influence of carbonic acid in the air upon the temperature of the ground," published in the Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Series 5, Vol. 41, No. 251, April 1896, p. 237-276. First to extensively document the science of global climate change as a function of the secondary constituents of the atmosphere. Arrhenius, G., K. Caldwell, and S. Wold. (2008). "A tribute to the memory of Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927), a scientist ahead of his time," Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.
rossby Rossby, Carl Gustaf 1898-1957 Sweden/
Meteorology, atmospheric chemistry Professor of Meteorology, University of Chicago; Director of the Institute of Meteorology, Stockholm, Sweden A pioneer in the field of atmospheric chemistry. He initiated atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements in Sweden in the 1950s. First to perform atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements. "A tribute to the memory of Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927), a scientist ahead of his time."
revelle Revelle, Roger Randall Dougan 1909-1991 USA Oceanography Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California Instrumental in creating the International Geophysical Year (IGY) in 1958, and founding chairman of the first Committee on Climate Change and the Ocean. In 1957, Revelle coauthored a paper which suggested that anthropogenic gas emissions might create a "greehouse effect" that would cause global climate change over time. Among the first to recognize the global reach of anthropogenic gas emissions. Roger Revelle, Wikipedia.
keeling Keeling, Charles David 1928-2005 USA Chemistry Professor of Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California Measured atmospheric carbon dioxide at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, and developed the Keeling curve, which shows the growth of measured carbon dioxide concentration, starting in 1958. The Keeling curve is the longest continuous record of measured atmospheric carbon dioxide in the world. First to alert the world to the anthropogenic contribution to the "greenhouse effect" and global climate change. Charles David Keeling, Wikipedia.
al gore Gore, Albert Arnold (Al) 1948- USA National politics, environmental activism Vicepresident, USA, 1993-2001; Nobel Prize (Peace), 2007 In 1991, he wrote the book "Earth in the Balance," which first alerted society at-large to the dangers of global warming. His 2006 Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" popularized the concept of global climate change. Made "global warming" a household word. Gore, Al. (1991). Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. Plume.

* This contribution was inspired by Jeanne Vloyanetes and Rosemary Caliendo, New Jersey educators. 200415