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Alumnus Shares Nobel Peace Prize

1967 Prasad S. Varanasi Ph.D., Engineering Physics
1967 Prasad S. Varanasi
Ph.D., Engineering Physics

It's extraordinary to email your faculty advisor with news that you won a share of the Nobel Peace Prize. This is what Varanasi wrote to Jacobs School professor emeritus Stanford S. "Sol" Penner: "Dear teacher, I owe it all to you, for you taught me spectroscopy. The day that I walked into your office in June 1964 changed my whole life and cast my destiny."

Varanasi, professor of atmospheric sciences at Stony Brook University in New York, shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Varanasi is an active and contributing member of that panel. His research involves infrared spectroscopic measurements of molecular constituents in the atmosphere. One of the pivotal problems associated with global warming is a phenomenon called the water-vapor feedback mechanism.

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