2012 March 12. F. Sherwood Rowland, Cited Aerosols's Danger, Is Dead at 84

posted Mar 28, 2012, 9:43 AM by Fiona Potter   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 2:15 PM ]
| By Felicity Barringer, The NY Times.  An article relevant to GSS Ozone chapter 5.  Excerpt: F. Sherwood Rowland, whose discovery in 1974 of the danger that aerosols posed to the ozone layer was initially met with disdain but who was ultimately vindicated with the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, died on Saturday at his home in Corona del Mar, Calif....
...Industry representatives at first disputed Dr. Rowland’s findings, and many skeptical colleagues in the field avoided him. But his findings, achieved in laboratory experiments, were supported 11 years later when British scientists discovered that the stratospheric ozone layer, which blocks harmful ultraviolet rays, had developed a hole over Antarctica.
The discovery led to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, a landmark international environmental treaty to stop the production of the aerosol compounds known as chlorofluorocarbons, or CFC’s, and other ozone-depleting chemicals and to eliminate inventories of them....  Read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/science/earth/f-sherwood-rowland-84-dies-raised-alarm-over-aerosols.html?_r=1
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