OHIO STATE RESEARCHER IS ONE OF FIVE RECEIVING INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PRIZE
The winner of this year's prestigeous Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences is Ohio State University's Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences and a world-renowned expert on tropical glaciers.
Thompson was one of five scientists receiving awards for their work this week in Amsterdam. The other two American researchers honored at the ceremonies were from the Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Diego
The awards are highly regarded by researchers both for their rigor and for the large monetary prize. Each winner receives $150,000 for their research. Among previous Heineken Prize winner are three researchers who were later selected for Nobel prizes.
Thompson received the award for his pioneering studies of ice cores from both the Earth's polar regions and tropics. The analysis of cores he has retreived from 45 expeditions to remote ice caps around the globe have offered the clearest evidence yet of the growing impact of global climate change. Last year, Thompson and his team stunned the scientific community by predicting that the huge icecap atop Tanzania's famous Mount Kilimanjaro will have melted in the next 15 years.
Each year, committees of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences select winners in five categories: biochemistry and biophysics, art, medicine, history and environmental sciences. The Dr. H.P. Heineken Foundation sponsors the award for biochemistry and biophysics. The Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation supports the other four prizes.
Contact: Lonnie Thompson, (614) 292-6652; email@example.com