Stephen H. Schneider to be Inducted into California Hall of Fame
Governor Jerry Brown has announced the 8th class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame, which includes a friend and a hero of mine, the late Dr. Stephen H. Schneider. A brilliant scientist and Stanford professor, Stephen was the strongest champion on climate change in California, and maybe the planet. It was in 1972 that Stephen first alerted the public to the dangerous consequences of global warming. As a leader in the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore and other IPCC colleagues.
Stephen developed groundbreaking models demonstrating the interrelatedness of diverse processes such as ocean dynamics and cloud changes. He had an extraordinary talent for effectively communicating complex scientific material to general audiences, and he advocated forcefully for action from world leaders. Dr. Schneider provided expert advice to every presidential administration since Richard Nixon. I was honored to contribute a chapter on the fight to pass California's Clean Car Law in his last published book.
Dr. Schneider joins a distinguished cohort of scientists, athletes, performers, activists, explorers and entrepreneurs in the California Hall of Fame, people who have transcended the boundaries of their field and made lasting contributions to the state, nation and world. An abbreviated list includes John Muir, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Ansel Adams, Dolores Huerta, César Chávez, Frank Gehry, Julia Morgan, Sally Ride, Chuck Yeager, Leland Stanford, Harvey Milk and the Packard Families.
This year's inductees include Kareem Abdul Jabar, Joan Didon, Francis Ford Coppola and activists Charlotta Bass, Fred Ross, Sr., and Mimi Silbert. We treasure their contributions to bettering our lives and expanding our vision of the possible.
-email received today from California State Senator Fran Pavley