Prize Recipient

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Michael E. Mann
The Pennsylvania State University


"For distinguished contributions to the public's understanding of climate science controversies, and to how our individual and collective actions can mitigate climate change."


Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. His research focuses on climate science and climate change. He was selected by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002, was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geophysical Union in 2012. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He has received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education, the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate, the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the AAAS, the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union. He received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2019 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2020. He is a Fellow of the AGU, AMS, GSA, AAAS and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is co-founder of the award-winning science website, author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and five books including Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, The Madhouse Effect, The Tantrum that Saved the World, and The New Climate War.

Selection Committee:

E. William Colglazier, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2020 FPS Chair), Robert Semper, Exploratorium (2021 Burton Award), Steve Fetter, University of Maryland (2021 Szilard Award) Tony Fainberg, National Academy of Sciences, (FPS Secretary Treasurer)