Professor David Karoly awarded the 2015 RSV Medal for scientific excellence

August 15 / 165

Professor David Karoly is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Royal Society of Victoria's Medal for Scientific Excellence
Professor David Karoly is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Royal Society of Victoria's Medal for Scientific Excellence

 

Climate scientist Professor David Karoly is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Royal Society of Victoria's Medal for Scientific Excellence in the category of Earth Sciences. 

 

Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences within the Faculty of Science, Professor Karoly was awarded the medal from a very strong field of nominees.

 

Royal Society President Dr William Birch said he was "absolutely delighted" by the strength of nominations this year. 

 

"David's success in winning this award from a very competitive field is in itself a testament to his remarkable contribution to the Earth Sciences, both locally and internationally," he said.

 

Professor Karoly has been a global leader in the development of the detection and attribution of global climate change. 

 

Heavily involved in the assessment work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as both Contributing and Lead Author, he shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded jointly to the IPCC and Al Gore for "efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and ... lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."

 

Associate Professor Laura Parry, Associate Dean of Research and Industry at the Faculty of Science, was thrilled to learn of her colleague’s achievement. 

 

"David has truly been an inspiration. He has made a tremendous impact," she said. "His enthusiasm and passion for science is contagious - both students and colleagues delight in David's broad vision and incisive understanding of the key issues in climate science."

 

Professor Karoly will be awarded the RSV Medal for Scientific Excellence at the Royal Society of Victoria at a ceremony on the evening of 10 December and will deliver the RSV Research Medal Lecture titled ‘Using climate science to inform decision-making.’ 

 

Bookings are available online.

 

 

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