This is a tribute and remembrance to the great Dr. Stephen Schneider who passed away today while flying from a scientific meeting in Stockholm to London early this morning. To have known Stephen was to have experienced joy, compassion and great brilliance. He was a remarkable man and scholar, always pushing back the boundaries of what we knew. Coming to Stanford University in 1992, he rose to become the lead author on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. As the advisor on climate science to seven Presidents, his influence was pervasive and cut across party lines: Nixon, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama. Few learned men have had this opportunity and responsibility.
I know that this ingenuous and funny man will be greatly missed. No audience was too small or too local. This man who lectured worldwide always made the time to talk, discuss and share his wisdom. He was an inspiration for us all and his work will be cherished for generations.