F. Sherwood Rowland

Chemist
1990Spring

Frank Sherwood Rowland was an American Nobel Prize-winning chemist and professor, whose research focused on atmospheric chemistry and chemical kinetics. He is best known for his discovery that man-made chlorofluorocarbons contribute to depletion of the ozone layer in the Earth’s atmosphere. After earning his PhD, Rowland held posts at Princeton University and the University of Kansas before landing at the University of California at Irvine. Rowland is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work in addition to the Nobel Prize. These include the Tolman Medal, Leo Szilard Lectureship Award, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the Roger Revelle Medal, and the Peter Debye Award. Rowland also has a building at the University of California at Irvine named after him, and Mount Rowland in Antarctica was named in his honor as well. 

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