Paul J. Crutzen (1933-2021)
We mourn the loss of Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, our friend and a member of our Founders Assembly. Prof. Crutzen received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Mario Molina and F. Sherwood Rowland for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly on the formation and decomposition of the ozone. Prof. Crutzen was a pioneering climate change researcher and also popularised the phrase anthropocene for the current geological epoch, defined by the global effects of humans on the environment. In Lindau, he gave a number of lectures on the topic. He participated in nine Lindau Meetings between 1998 and 2017.
Council and Foundation extend their deepest sympathies to Paul Crutzen's family.