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NASA Climatologists Named in Scientific American Top 50 Scientists

For the first time, NASA researchers have been awarded the Scientific American Top 50 Scientist Award. NASA Climatologists Drew Shindell and Gavin Schmidt of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NY, have been named by Scientific American Magazine as research leaders with the 2004 Scientific American 50. This is a prestigious annual list that recognizes outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology from the past year.

Announced today, the Scientific American 50 appears in the magazine's December issue, arriving on newsstands November 23. The complete list may also be accessed on the magazine's website at www.sciam.com. Scientific American winners will be honored November 16 at a celebration taking place at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City.

Shindell and Schmidt have been named Research Leaders in the Environmental Studies for seeking clues for global warming category. They were chosen because of their work over the last few years in climatology.

Shindell is an atmospheric physicist who investigates climate change and atmospheric chemistry at GISS. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook. After several years of field research in the Arctic and Antarctic, he received the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Service Medal in 1994.

Image of Dr. Drew SchindellImage to right: Dr. Drew Shindell -- Drew Shindell is an atmospheric physicist who investigates climate change and atmospheric chemistry and at NASA?s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). He is also a lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Credit: NASA

Shindell has authored over 50 papers in the scientific literature during the past decade, and has participated in numerous international assessments and public outreach activities, including consulting for the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Schmidt is a computer climate modeler who works on developing large-scale models of the atmosphere-ocean climate system. He has worked on understanding climate variability both in past climates going back as far as 55 million years ago and forward to the possible future climates. He received a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University, U.K. in 1989 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University College London in 1994. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, Montreal until 1996, when he was awarded a NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellowship which allowed him to start working at NASA GISS.

Image of Dr. Gavin SchmidtImage to left: Dr. Gavin Schmidt -- Dr. Gavin Schmidt is a computer climate modeler who works on developing large-scale models of the atmosphere-ocean climate system. He has worked on understanding climate variability both in past climates going back as far as 55 million years ago and forward to the possible future climates. Credit: NASA

Schmidt has more than 30 papers in scientific literature. He is involved in public outreach, most recently at the College de France in Paris, and among high school students in New York, two of whom he mentored to the finals of the Intel International Science competition.

The scientists were selected by the magazine's Board of Editors with the help of distinguished outside advisors. The list also recognizes research, business and policy leaders in various technological categories including Agriculture, Chemicals and Materials, Climate, Communications, Computing, Energy, Environment, and Medical Treatments.

Founded in 1845, editorial contributors to Scientific American have included over 100 Nobel laureates, among them Albert Einstein, Neils Bohr, Francis Crick, Stanley Prusiner and Harold Varmus. Scientific American, Inc. is a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, a U.S. subsidiary of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, a privately held International media corporation operating in more than 40 countries.

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