Dr. Stephen H. Schneider

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Stephen H. Schneider
born 1945, died 2010
Stanford University
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305


Stephen Henry Schneider (Wikipedia), an AMS Member, held a number of positions at Stanford University in Stanford, California. He was the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, a Professor of Biology, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute, and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, by courtesy. Dr. Schneider received a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering and plasma physics from Columbia University in 1971, and then began postdoctoral study at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Subsequently, he moved to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where he helped found NCAR's climate project, studying the impact that nuclear war could have on climate. In 1975, while at NCAR, he helped start the interdisciplinary journal Climatic Change, and, until his death, served as its Editor-in-Chief. In 1991, Dr. Schneider received the American Association for the Advancement of Science Westinghouse Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology for furthering public understanding of environmental science and its implications for public policy. In 1992, he received a MacArthur Fellowship for his ability to integrate and interpret the results of global climate research through public lectures, classroom teaching, environmental assessment committees, media appearances, Congressional testimony and research collaboration with colleagues. In 1998, he became a foreign member of the Academea Europaea, Earth & Cosmic Sciences Section. He was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002. Dr. Schneider received the Edward T. Law Roe Award of the Society of Conservation Biology in 2003. He and his spouse-collaborator, Terry Root, jointly received the 2003 National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation and, in 2006, in Australia, the Banksia Foundation's International Environmental Award. Dr. Schneider consulted with federal agencies and/or White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, first Bush, Clinton, second Bush, and Obama administrations. He was an author for all four assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program. He was as a coordinating lead author in IPCC Working Group 2 for the third and fourth reports, and he also served on the synthesis writing teams. In 2000, Dr. Schneider and Richard Moss co-authored the uncertainties guidance paper for IPCC authors. His more recent work centered on the importance of risk management in climate-policy decision making, given the uncertainties in future projections of global climate change. Until his death he continued to serve as an advisor to decision makers and stakeholders in industry, government, and nonprofit sectors on possible climate-related events and policy responses. He also engaged in improving public understanding of science and environment through extensive media communication and public outreach.

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